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Hey lovely! I hope you have some lovely bank holiday plans, and you’re making the most of the last day of the weekend!! We’re on our way back from a little Welsh adventure this afternoon, and I’m excited to get back to blogging this week (I have some gorgeous features lined up!) but first – an absolutely beautiful wedding from Gloucestershire which I know you will LOVE!!

Glorious bouquet and styling for an English Country Garden wedding, images by Unwerth Photography (20)

Rebecca and Laurence’s wedding took place at St Peter & St Paul Church of Northleach followed by a marquee reception. This was a very relaxed wedding with a Pimms garden party, band, gorgeous venue decor and a cake made by the couple’s friends. 

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The flowers were a huge joy. My best friend Kate loves flowers and had helped out with another wedding, so she reassured me we could do it ourselves. The ladies who arranged our church flowers were incredibly helpful and kindly agreed to pick up some extra bunches and offered to condition them (very important and we couldn’t have done it otherwise). We ordered blue hydrangea, cornflowers, irises, pink roses and delphiniums and used a lot of greenery from our mums’ gardens. The Friday before it was all hands on deck, me, Kate and helpers making large arrangements and jam jar centrepieces while two more friends laid the tables. We used lavender and rosemary sprigs, freshly picked, on the napkins which gave a lovely scent.

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I was really interested to read a couple of weeks ago that Jenny Packham wouldn’t be launching her bridal collections via catwalk shows. Her decision makes so much sense to me: for years I’ve seen – and mostly rejected – bridal designers’ submissions where all I see is dress after dress photographed under harsh lighting, against a dull background, surrounded by the ankles and handbags of boutique owners and stockists (sat either side of the catwalk, but still in shot). It was all very meh, (even in the days when meh was a new word!).

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So to hear that one of our favourite international designers is stepping away from this kind of imagery and launching a campaign with a digital focus is wonderful news. It supports the wedding blog world; Jenny is looking to share beautiful imagery of her 2018 bridal collection online. And the photos are beautiful – they do her designs justice by showcasing the dresses against an elegant backdrop, hinting at a stately home or glamorous hotel where real brides are more likely to wear these beautiful creations in real life.

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Planning a wedding today, finding amazing suppliers and gathering inspiration and ideas is so much easier than for any generation before. The internet is a world of discovery, filled with blogs and style inspo you can soak up like a sponge.

Gorgeous country wedding styling in Lancashire, images by Rachel Joyce Photography (21)

Image credit Rachel Joyce Photography – see end of post for more info

It only really became a thing with the birth of wedding blogs that you should look for a wedding photographer you’d “click” with. Before 2008 couples had a different choice to make – image quality and the technical side of photography was key. Things changed, and there’s now a wonderful rainbow of wedding photographers to choose from. It means you can shop around for a photographer who

  • ‘gets’ you. They share your style and culture
  • is female. If you’re more comfortable this way, it’s cool
  • has that ‘insta’ look with their editing
  • understands that you love details. And loves them too
  • will recommend other suppliers they know and trust
  • fits your budget and your wedding style
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So here’s something a little different for your Friday lunchtime. Wedding blogs can get a little too consistently pretty… all those white dresses and delicate styling touches… and an occasional reminder that it’s OK to be different is a good thing, right?!

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Last Wednesday we shared HBA Photography‘s pretty, boho inspired wedding inspiration feature in bluebell woods. (If you missed it, catch up here.) The same shoot explored a more creative, brilliantly alternative look later in the day, and the behind the scenes film we showed last week hinted at a cape of flowers.

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The second part of the shoot was about making time to be creative, really being inspired by the environment. Ben had noticed a raggedy part of woodland on a previous visit, much less romantic and far more rock n roll. Our second model Suki looks the epitome of rock chick chic and we added in a touch of atmospheric smokey background tinged with just the right amount of neon! Owning the ASOS dress in the process, she performed the most effortless transition in the blink of an eye, and morphed into an almost elfin like vision in a pink lace dress, flower crown and floral cuffs. Not forgetting her companion Scampi dog, who co-ordinated perfectly with her own custom-made floral collar!

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Were you around for our feature with Vintage Button Bridal Design the other day? It has to be one of my absolute favourite shoots of the year – inspiration for a sublime wedding from some amazing suppliers, with a beautiful, balletic twist. (love that word! Balletic!)

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I feel equally spoiled and delighted to be sharing more from Vintage Button’s Clare Lloyd today, from the same photoshoot but with a completely different look and style. Of course we’re featuring Clare’s stunning handcrafted hairpieces and necklaces, but this time with a statement bouquet full of vibrant florals with a lush silk ribbon, and Old Hollywood inspired styling.

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I adore the beautiful handmade antique bias cut lace dress by Sow’s Ear. For this part of the shoot Charlotte Tillyer styled Sian into a Hollywood starlet with soft, glowing make up and a modern braided take on a classic vintage inspired hairstyle to show off the low cut back of the dress.  Sian’s hair was styled with several different accessories from delicate hair vines worn across the forehead to delicate beaded headpieces pinned around the side of the head.

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Hello! I hope you all had an amazing summer of fun in the (surprisingly good) English weather. If you missed me last month, I’m Jenna Hewitt and I plan and style weddings.  Each month I’ll be writing a kind of ‘wedding planning diary’ of help and tips that follows the planning journey of real life couple, Hannah and Ben (very lovely clients of mine).  This month I’m writing some thoughts, musings and general advice on children (and what to do with them) at weddings!

Hannah and Ben have a fair number of children on the guest list – 27 at last count (and 5 of those are their own) so having a plan that included the children was a must.  They were also really clear that both the children and adults should have an amazing time – a tricky balance to achieve (as anyone with children can vouch for).

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2018 brides and grooms, we have wonderful news for you! Rising wedding industry star and artist Amy Swann has developed a range of beautifully illustrated floral wedding stationery to complement her stunning bespoke cakes. Each invitation features hand calligraphy from By Moon & Tide – and I’m delighted to be sharing the Classic Peony wedding invitation with you exclusively on the English Wedding Blog today.

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Available now from Etsy, the Classic Peony wedding invitation is affordable, completely personalisable and priced from just £2.50. The design is reminiscent of classic English folk art: with bold florals, stunning colour and soft accents we love.

With touches of handwritten calligraphy, the Classic Peony is an invitation full of luxe florals, combining statement blooms with delicate grasses and country garden flowers glowing in evening sunshine.

Buy your Classic Peony wedding invitations from Etsy today!

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Huge thanks to lovely Carl and Lisa at 166 Photography for taking the beautiful images of the Wild & Painterly wedding stationery collection. Gorgeous flowers by Shirley from S & A Floral Design, Lincolnshire

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If you want a wedding with a taste of tropical paradise then look no further than Amy Mair Couture’s 2018 collection La Selva.

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Amy Mair is a designer known for taking inspiration from her love of nature and travel. La Selva, meaning tropical forest in Spanish, pays tribute to the discrete, subtle tropical and exotic influences that were the inspiration behind her third bridal collection for the Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique.

Using colour, texture and cut she creates unique and subtly non-traditional gowns which still retain a luxurious glamour. Each gown prides itself of being something a little different, not to be seen anywhere else in the bridal market.

The 2018 La Selva Collection comprises four gowns; Marianna, Sophia, Isabella and Fiorella.

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Fiorella oozes romance. A simple silk slip is overlaid with nude tulle, embroidered with stunning flowers, stems and leaves. The large flowers begin at the shoulder travelling down the dress, angling round the body in blush and pale tones of coral. Blending seamlessly with the nude tulle, the striking flower shape is defined with an embroidery stitch and glass beads.

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I think ultimately weddings are about stories. You’ll reminisce on your day with friends and family for years to come – and there’s always a great story to tell. With that in mind I reached out to some photographer friends to see if they had any stories to share with you for a new series of mini blog posts, and their replies have been fantastic, at times mildly alarming and just generally fascinating! Take today’s story – being ‘fashionably late’ to your wedding is never a good plan!

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“There was that time when…”

by Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer Steve Brill

I had been booked to photograph a lovely intimate family wedding at a registry office in a local historic market town. The ceremony had been scheduled for 4.00pm and the bride had been told at the time of booking that her wedding was to be the last one of the day, so there was no pressure on her.

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Hannah’s wedding to Angus is so very pretty – the artistic styling touches are wonderful and give their day a unique look which I adore. The colour palette is fabulous, and I’ve fallen head over heels for their delicate floral arrangements. They married in Yorkshire back in June, and took their county as inspiration for the theme of their day. I love this!

A pretty DIY Christian wedding in Yorkshire with Anna Wood Photography (27)

We made all our wedding stationery. A very talented friend of ours had drawn a beautiful picture of us, which we soon adopted as our ‘wedding logo’. We used this when designing our invitations, order of service, table and place name cards, and more!

A pretty DIY Christian wedding in Yorkshire with Anna Wood Photography (23)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.annawoodphotography.com

I researched online- I’d looked at a few different photographers’ websites, but saw Anna’s on Facebook and was really impressed. Her photos were of such a great quality and her prices were the most reasonable I’d found. I messaged her and she arranged to meet us to answer our questions, gather more information and to create a picture of how the photography would work on the day. We got on really well and we were so happy with what she was saying, after that meeting we booked her!

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How fast is August flying by?! I swear, time goes faster in wedding season. It does! We’ve made some little changes to the blog: our Recommended Suppliers menu is easier to use now, and we’re also excited to have a new logo design on the way soon 🙂 Every supplier I know is having a crazy busy month; even my calligraphy studio is crammed full of vintage furniture to be written on and used for a wedding in September.

With the end of the summer drawing nearer, and wedding fair season on its way, I thought it would help some of my wedding supplier friends if we offered a bit of a saving on the English Wedding Directory. So throughout September if you’d like to join the Directory it’s only £40 for a year. (On October 1st the price will be back at £50.)

To see how it works, just explore the English Wedding Directory.

To apply, email info@english-wedding.com with the subject “£40 Directory Offer”.

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Discovering new talents and finding new wedding pics to swoon over is what I live for – stumbling across photographers whose photos take my breath away is one of the very best things in my wedding blogging life! Today I’d love to introduce you to lovely Becky Harley Photography, who is based in Welwyn Garden City and shoots weddings throughout Hertfordshire and surrounding counties. Her style is fabulous – one glimpse at her website home page and you will fall in love. I did! 

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I’m Becky Harley, a wedding photographer based in Welwyn Garden City, in Hertfordshire. I love to capture natural images that are full of light, life and love!

beckyharleyphotography.co.uk

I’ve always been interested in photography – I was always the one with the camera throughout school and university, and my parents actually have a little album of photos I took on a family trip to Disney, aged four, with a little disposable film camera. It’s mostly pictures of people’s legs, but still!

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