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Greenery and gorgeous urban chic styling at Manchester Victoria Warehouse with Kate McCarthy Photography (5)
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2018 could turn out to be a very exciting year of weddings. Suppliers are whispering about a change in the air… I’ve heard it from more than one of my industry friends in recent months.

Greenery and gorgeous urban chic styling at Manchester Victoria Warehouse with Kate McCarthy Photography (5)

It’s not that we don’t love femininity and romantic palettes. We like pink – to be fair, pink has gone through its own little revolution over the years since the English Wedding Blog was born. It used to be just pink, then went from dusky to dusty, fuchsia to palest and barely-there, with a brush of neon along the way.

Colours change. Styles and trends change – vintage was huge but is tailing off for all but the most dedicated of designers and stylists.

2017 was the year of the fine art wedding: that light and airy look, with the softest summer skies and pale hues in every wedding shoot. But it seems there’s a change on the way.

Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (3)
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Do you dream of Italian summers? When wedding planning gets a little too much, do you ever wish you could elope and marry in a remote Italian village instead? You wouldn’t be alone – this shoot is dreamy, and it makes it pretty easy to see why more couples than ever are planning an intimate destination wedding or elopement!

Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (3)

Images are by our lovely sponsor Carol Elizabeth Photography, at Palazzo Perotti (the private home of Baroness Roberta Perotti) and the UNESCO world heritage town of Castellabate. They were taken at The Secret Retreat Workshop with Andrea Ellison, Claire Penn and Lucy Woodrow this summer.

Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (6)

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Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (10)
Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (11)

Location planner – My Secret Italy
Shoot locations – Palazzo Perotti
Stylist – Mandy Beck (Saddleworth Shindigs)
Flowers – La Maison Marie, Santa Maria di Castellabate
MUA – Costabile Pascale, Santa Maria di Castellabate
Hair – Anna Capazuto, Santa Maria di Castellabate
Models – real couples (Michael & Chloe Kenny, Antonio Brunetti & Sissi Carrino)
Sissi dress – ASOS
Sissi shoes – Kurt Geiger
Antonio shoes – ASOS
Antonio jacket – Top Man
Michael & Chloe outfits – their own

The perfect intimate wedding in Hampshire with Lemontree Photography (7)
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Today on the English Wedding Blog we’re all about family owned country houses: those dreamy estates where you can dine in luxury but with more of a relaxed atmosphere and generally more control over your day than you would in a ‘venue’ whose only purpose is to cater for weddings and events. Lovely Danielle from Penton Park has some great questions you should ask if you’re considering hiring someone’s luxury home for your wedding.

The perfect intimate wedding in Hampshire with Lemontree Photography (31)

I love the idea of being welcomed into a magnificent home for your wedding – instantly you feel more relaxed and less constrained by rules and things you ‘should’ be doing a certain way!

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Many years ago the country house was a private family home, a grand space created for the owner to host, entertain and generally enjoy the wealth the family had accumulated – fast forward to the 21st century and they are a mixed bag of private residences, wedding venues and hotels.

The perfect intimate wedding in Hampshire with Lemontree Photography (12)

Stunning vibrant florals for a Welsh wedding with Jake Morley Photography (17)
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Stunning vibrant florals for a Welsh wedding with Jake Morley Photography (17)

All images by lovely Jake Morley Photography. See full feature here – flowers by beautiful bride Donna from Secret Garden Cardiff

Social media has become such a huge part of the wedding experience. It seems as though almost every aspect of our daily lives now revolves around consuming and sharing online. Whether it’s what you’re eating, your opinion on current events or just something you find hilarious, us daily users of social media are constantly posting about what we’re up to.

There are mixed opinions on whether social media should be embraced, or shunned on a wedding day. Some couples opt to enforce their guests to completely ‘unplug’ for the day. This helps keep the wedding intimate in case couples have any fears about their guests being disengaged on the day.

The perfect intimate wedding in Hampshire with Lemontree Photography (9)
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I stumbled across this gorgeous Hampshire wedding on the blog of Lemontree Photography – and totally loved everything about it. Sarah and Iain are gorgeous – their day is so perfectly charming I had to get in touch with Az at Lemontree and ask if we could share their images with you today. Lucky for me, he said yes, and Sarah and Iain have been lovely in sharing some of the details of their planning with you too!

The perfect intimate wedding in Hampshire with Lemontree Photography (7)

We just wanted a relaxed atmosphere where people could be at ease. One of the reasons that we chose Penton Park was because it offered guests the chance to dance, stay at the bar, play snooker, have a go at some garden games or just relax in the sitting room or the swing seat in the grounds.

The perfect intimate wedding in Hampshire with Lemontree Photography (23)

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We researched online and loved Az’s pictures. We were extremely pleased with his work. What attracted us to Az’s pictures was the relaxed feel: there were very few staged shots. He has an amazing ability to capture people just having a good time. Az put us at ease on the day and was lovely to have at our wedding!

Pretty garden flowers and crafty country styling for a Shopshire wedding, images by Tony Fanning (4)
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Delbury Hall is one of Shropshire’s loveliest wedding venues. With a country house, a lake with swans and ducks swimming about and beautiful gardens it is the perfect place for a wedding. Beautiful bride Siân and her gorgeous groom Edward were married there in the summer and chose Tony Fanning to capture their day. It’s perfect… and I have to say I love their wedding hashtag and the beautifully realised shed to go with it! Siân – Edward… get it?!

Pretty garden flowers and crafty country styling for a Shopshire wedding, images by Tony Fanning (9)

“When you plan a wedding for the first time, you discover so many suppliers in the local area that you didn’t know existed! We always asked suppliers for recommendations of others they had worked with before, with the idea that they would have a good knowledge of who was reliable in the local area. With seven months to plan the wedding, we did find that some suppliers we tried were booked up for our date, but they were always happy to recommend someone else and we didn’t struggle at all.

Pretty garden flowers and crafty country styling for a Shopshire wedding, images by Tony Fanning (11)

Belle Epoque bridal collection by British designer Suzanne Neville on the English Wedding Blog (8)
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Something on top bridal designer Suzanne Neville‘s website caught my eye the other day – a little comment from lovely Suzanne herself that social media has inspired brides to be more adventurous. I love this! Browsing Instagram and Pinterest for unique wedding inspo – from designers all over the world – has changed us and is even inspiring those designers to create dresses which are more show-stopping than ever before!

Belle Epoque bridal collection by British designer Suzanne Neville on the English Wedding Blog (11)

Of course, Suzanne Neville is always ahead of the crowd when it comes to next season’s bridal fashion. The Belle Epoque Collection for 2018 is unique and varied, designed with adventurous brides in mind. Suzanne Neville has designed a fabulous collection of wedding dresses in every dream look imaginable: elaborate or simple, classic or clean, structured or soft. Fabrics include exquisite lace and embroidered tulle, piqué, cloqué silks, crepes and satins. This is a collection with a modern, exciting edge – elegant, fashion forward couture bridalwear.

Belle Epoque bridal collection by British designer Suzanne Neville on the English Wedding Blog (2)

Simple wedding styling ideas for a fine art wedding, image by Lara Rios Photography (4)
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Sometimes I think it’s easier to style your wedding if you leave it almost until the last minute. It amazes me how quickly trends can change, and within eighteen months things like gypsophila, ombre and olive branches can all but disappear from our feeds. So today we’re talking about the top trends for wedding styling in 2018!

The key to a truly beautiful celebration is always to style your wedding to your personality rather than the trendiest looks you find in magazines. As a blogger though, I love to seek out next year’s trends – I kind of know where they’ll appear first and which will appeal to our English sense of style and elegance – and today I’m going to share my predictions for the coming year with you lovely lot.

Of course, I’d genuinely love to hear your thoughts on any upcoming trends I’ve missed from the list. Are there colour palettes or details you’ve seen which are going to be huge? Head on over to our Facebook page to join in the discussion!

Woodland fairytale wedding with butterflies on the English Wedding Blog. Photo credit: Nina Pang (1)
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You’re not alone if you secretly wish English brides and grooms could marry anywhere, like they can in the US: at home, on the beach, or in a beautiful woodland setting like this. That time will come… in the meantime, there’s so much to be said for bringing nature indoors – choose woodland foliage and twisting branches in your bouquet; add butterflies to your tables and stationery; and choose a venue with a patch of woodland nearby so you can escape for beautiful portraits with your love!

Woodland fairytale wedding with butterflies on the English Wedding Blog. Photo credit: Nina Pang (8)

Today’s styled shoot was sent in by our lovely friend and inspirational wedding stationery designer Emma Jo. Images are by Nina Pang, and you’ll find a full supplier list of all the super talented creatives involved below.

Woodland fairytale wedding with butterflies on the English Wedding Blog. Photo credit: Nina Pang (27)

Emma’s wonderfully elegant stationery nods towards the ‘Fairytale’ theme while being elegant enough to suit lots of couples and their weddings. We love the simple, minimal design with folding laser cut butterflies! Emma’s brush lettering skills come into play with the apple place settings, and she created complementary calligraphy-style pieces for the cake topper, cocktail stirrers and butterfly place settings.

Greenery and gorgeous urban chic styling at Manchester Victoria Warehouse with Kate McCarthy Photography (27)
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I’ll always love Manchester: it’s a unique city with a fabulously urban culture, and today’s stunning wedding embraces the edgy, fashion side of Manchester in the most beautiful way imaginable. Gorgeous bride Jenna married Kris at Victoria Warehouse in August and I’m thrilled to be able to share their day with you.

Greenery and gorgeous urban chic styling at Manchester Victoria Warehouse with Kate McCarthy Photography (41)

 

“We didn’t have a theme, as we didn’t want to restrict ourselves. We wanted it to be very natural and simple and only things we loved. We chose to have lots of greenery as a contrast to the industrial venue. We had pops of white and gold throughout with balloons, spray painted jam jars and signage. Through chance the bridesmaids chose to have pink dresses and Kris chose a pink tie, so in the end everything worked well together.

Greenery and gorgeous urban chic styling at Manchester Victoria Warehouse with Kate McCarthy Photography (18)

Crafty wedding styling and a beautiful blush pink dress at Chequers Inn, with The Crawleys (17)
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I adore Kerry’s dress and bouquet and how today’s gorgeous bride and groom are both smiling, grinning and laughing all day long. Kerry & James’ wedding was perfect – the sun shone gloriously on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so far and Kerry looked ridiculously stunning in her blush pink gown.

Crafty wedding styling and a beautiful blush pink dress at Chequers Inn, with The Crawleys (16)

“We knew that the location was going to just speak for itself, but we did a fair bit of decorating for the tables and the venue with our heirloom bunting (thanks Mary and Pat and ladies at patchwork!) as well as the map which James put together. I designed and made the chalkboard as well as the seating plan and the welcome board. I was pretty pleased with the efforts. The guys at The Chequers did a wonderful job of the tables and venue. I just made sure I was organised! I also had photos of our family from their own weddings which was a nice touch.

Crafty wedding styling and a beautiful blush pink dress at Chequers Inn, with The Crawleys (7)Crafty wedding styling and a beautiful blush pink dress at Chequers Inn, with The Crawleys (23)

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So autumn has well and truly landed, and I’m loving jumpers and autumn walks already. Don’t you just love playing in the leaves and trying to catch one? Even if you’re on your own… it’s lucky to catch a leaf but so much harder than it looks! It’s time for evenings by the fire and cosy candlelit cuddles, and for making wedding plans together – because in 10 weeks it’ll be 2018! Eeek!!

Stunning Cheshire farm wedding ideas from Jess Yarwood Photography (35)

Image credit Jess Yarwood Photography – full wedding to feature in a fortnight or so!

The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, stationers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

Massive welcomes to these lovely folks who’ve joined the Directory in the last couple of weeks:

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One Curious Dream is is a creative and innovative wedding planning & styling company with a passion for producing relaxed, unique, beautiful weddings that are full of personal touches, throughout the UK. We love their blog – especially this feature on unexpected wedding costs (eek!)

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