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brilliant wedding advice by Essex photographer Amanda Karen Photography (1)
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A rather fabulous guest article by Amanda Karen Photography

Hello – I’m so happy to be with you today! Thank you, Claire for inviting me along to talk about a really important element of wedding planning – choosing suppliers. However, what follows probably isn’t what you might expect. This isn’t going to be a checklist full of reminders to ask for references and to check social media feeds. Oh no, I’m about to explain why choosing suppliers is really a whole lot more personal than that.

Let’s be honest, there are lots of wedding suppliers out there so how do you choose? If we’re truthful with ourselves, we choose to work with people we like. In actual fact, it goes beyond that – we choose people who are like us.

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Have you found yourself saying ‘we absolutely clicked’ or ‘we’ve got so much in common’ about any of the wedding pros that you’ve booked? Of course you have and it’s because, if you’ve done it right, you’ll have chosen suppliers who are like you.

Italian springtime wedding ideas with Bowtie and Belle Photography (17)
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Elopements and escapes are a big part of modern wedding planning! I hear you – all that planning is too crazy, so why not pack your favourite people onto a little plane and head away somewhere sunny to get wed in a beautiful intimate celebration overseas? If travelling is your thing, then a destination wedding could be right up your street. Just keep it simple, don’t forget your trousers (like our friend did – and he realised on the day of his wedding!) and remember to celebrate with a massive party when you get home!

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All images in this blog post by Bowtie & Belle Photography, from the English Wedding Blog archives. Full feature here

If you’re trying to decide if a destination wedding is the best option for you, the guys from Chic Weddings in Italy are here to help. With over 11 years of experience planning luxury destination weddings, they’ve seen it all and tell us why an Italian destination wedding will blow you and all of your guests’ expectations away.

Colchester wedding with a fabulous summer bouquet, image credit Grace Elizabeth (4)
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This week has just flown by! I hope you’ve had a lovely one and are all ready for the weekend. Before we kick off our work gear I have one more wedding to share with you (and watch out for some fabulous advice features over the weekend too!). Today we join gorgeous couple Sarah & Alex for their Essex wedding at St Osyth church with a reception in Alex’s grandmother’s back garden! The bouquet by Miss Fleur Floral Design will make you fall-over-swoon and the images are just soooo beautiful! They’re by our lovely friend and English Wedding member Grace Elizabeth, who is based in Colchester.

Colchester wedding with a fabulous summer bouquet, image credit Grace Elizabeth (10)

The blue stone from Alex’s grandmother’s ring which you’ll see in the photos was actually the centrepiece for Sarah’s second engagement ring, so it’s become something of a family heirloom – not to mention totally stunning too! Theirs was a beautiful, small wedding, and in no way a big affair.

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.photographybygrace.co.uk

Facebook: @GraceElizabethPhotography

Colchester wedding with a fabulous summer bouquet, image credit Grace Elizabeth (7)

All the summer florals for a romantic summer wedding, image credit Rebecca Goddard Photography (28)
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I still love styled shoots – they’re fabulous for first glimpses of inspiration and ideas which will gradually make their way into real couples’ weddings on blogs and in magazines. I publish plenty: I send my calligraphy out to a select few. But when Krysta (For the Love of Weddings) asks for stationery or calligraphy I know the shoot will be insanely beautiful, and I jump at the chance to take part!

All the summer florals for a romantic summer wedding, image credit Rebecca Goddard Photography (43)

Working with my beautiful friend Amy Swann makes the process even more enjoyable. Since 2017 we’ve been making wedding invitations for luxury and intimate weddings all over the world. Amy’s illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to romantic, organic calligraphy lettering, and a creative brief from a client like Krysta is so exciting to work with!

All the summer florals for a romantic summer wedding, image credit Rebecca Goddard Photography (38)

Today’s shoot happened at Garthmyl Hall and was beautifully captured by Rebecca Goddard Photography. Planning and styling was by For the Love of Weddings with concept & design by Style & Bloom. The flowers take centre stage – Pheasant Botanica‘s work is always stunning! Our model wears bridal wear by Sienna Von Hildemar with jewellery by Glitzy Secrets. Hair was styled by Tabitha with makeup by Victoria Jones.

Opulent and luxe wedding styling ideas from Hothorpe Hall Leicestershire (20)
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A lot of you lovely couples are choosing very classic, elegant styling touches this year, so when this fabulous shoot landed on my desk I knew instantly you’d love it! This is timeless and beautiful, luxurious but not opulent – and achievable for those of you looking for modern elegance with beautiful details. The venue is Hothorpe Hall, and the styling is by Natalie at Beautiful Arches. All images are by lovely Kathryn Edwards Photography.

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“The idea behind the shoot was to show a classic and elegant wedding; an achievable fairy-tale for those brides who dream of looking like a princess on their big day. I purposely didn’t want it to be too trend-led, so it’s quite timeless and classic with a simple colour scheme of white and gold, with just a touch of sparkle. It also features some beautiful details to show how you can bring a luxurious feel to your big day with little touches like monogrammed linen, a ceremony arch, and a nicely framed cake table.”

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A magical winter wedding at Tortworth Court, images by Martin Dabek Photography (32)
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Today’s wedding is blissfully beautiful, classic in style and with a sophisticated wintry look. The styling is elegant and light, using silver and grey – the bridesmaids’ dark dresses are fabulous. And I’ve totally fallen for Izzy and Tom – they look so wonderfully happy together, not to mention absolutely gorgeous! Izzy’s dress is a showstopper: her smile is infectious. You’ll love these two! The stunning venue is De Vere Tortworth Court, which is captured so beautifully in Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek‘s inimitable signature style.

A magical winter wedding at Tortworth Court, images by Martin Dabek Photography (19)

Tuscany Italian wedding ideas styling tips with Sonya Lalla Photography on English-Wedding.com (4)
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This dreamy editorial captures hazy Italian days in the most beautiful way. Imagine it’s summertime and you’re miles away from anywhere in the Italian countryside, with a villa of your own for the week of your wedding day – and everything is simply perfect. I adore the lush bouquet by Shining Flowers, the dreamy tablescape by Elisabetta Carraretto and the wonderfully floaty gown by the fabulous Jurgita Bridal.

It’s all captured beautifully by Sonya Lalla Photography, a Tuscany, Florence and Rome destination elopement photographer. Sonya is known for her romantic and delicate photographic style, and got in touch with me a little while ago to ask for some calligraphy pieces for this shoot.

Knowing Sonya’s stunning photographic style, I was delighted to oblige! I created a relaxed invitation suite for an Italian destination wedding, featuring a simple olive branch illustration and watercolour image of the duomo in Florence. The ink I used was handmade, in a soft olive grey, and written on torn edge watercolour paper. I love these images to bits, and they fit so beautifully with the overall styling of the shoot.

Burley Manor for a stunning wedding full of foliage and botanical theme with Robin Goodlad Photography Dorset (42)
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Happy Sunday my lovely! It’s a blustery one so I hope you’re staying safe and warm tucked up inside! While you’re all snuggled up and cosy, I have a stunner of a wedding to share with you today, courtesy of our fabulous friend and sponsor Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography. Beautiful bride Natalie and gorgeous hubby James were married in The Barn at Burley Manor last March – their rustic wedding day has everything (sooo much to Pin!) with lush flowers and foliage and joyful country charm throughout. The atmosphere is electric; these two are SO much in love! And the images are the kind of stop-in-your-tracks beauties you’ll be swooning over all day!

Burley Manor for a stunning wedding full of foliage and botanical theme with Robin Goodlad Photography Dorset (35)

The Barn at Burley Manor in Hampshire is a great venue with a rustic charm. It’s beautiful in its own right so you can add as much or as little decoration as you want. We kept it to the foliage runners, some fairy lights on the beams, hessian bunting made by my mum and some candles in jam jars! We had some white chair covers and used some floral accents, again made by my mum, to keep the chairs in keeping with our style. We used wine as our table themes using bottles as centrepieces and grape varieties as table names. We continued the theme with bottles on fireplaces and in amongst the foliage decorations.

Linus Moran Photography at North Cadbury Court, traditional English wedding inspiration (46)
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Gorgeous couple Chris & Beena tied the knot at North Cadbury Court in Somerset, on a beautifully sunny August day. Their day is fabulous with classic countryside styling and the prettiest flowers: greens and neutrals were the brief provided to Julia Moore who is based in North Cadbury and she did an amazing job.

Beena and Chris made lots and lots of crafty, personal touches for their day: homemade hessian bows for the church… (hessian gets EVERYWHERE so be careful when cutting lots of this up!), homemade bracelets and gents’ leatherette bands as favours; beads direct is a great online site to use!
They also made all the gents ties as they couldn’t get a colour match. “I was lucky enough to find a really easy pattern online and youtube always helps!” The images of their day really capture the lively and beautiful atmosphere – they’re by our lovely friend and Somerset wedding photographer Linus Moran Photography, who gets a brilliant review from the happy couple!

 

Linus Moran Photography at North Cadbury Court, traditional English wedding inspiration (2)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.linusmoranphotography.co.uk

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We’ve just added these beautiful, minimal wedding invitations to our online shop. Perfectly in keeping with the trend for simple and uncluttered wedding styling, they’re printed on luxury textured white card and personalised especially for you.

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This simple and elegant wedding invitation includes your names and wedding details. You can order the invitation and envelope on their own, or with any of the extra inserts we’ve listed below. Save the Dates, invitations and RSVP cards include matching or kraft envelopes.

All of our wedding invitations are made with love in the English Lake District and ship worldwide.

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Let’s make this simple and stress free!

Contact us via our Etsy shop with the number of invitations you need, and any extra inserts you’d like.
We’ll send you a link to purchase your order.
We’ll ask for your details – names, wedding date and venue etc. for your invitations.
We’ll send your digital proof within 5 days of receiving your order (often much sooner)
When you’re 100% happy with your invitations they’ll be printed. This usually takes a week or so.
Your invitations will be packed carefully and sent to you once they’re printed.

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Harriet & Ian got married in August in Oxford, and describe their day as joyful, beautiful, welcoming, summery, exuberant, momentous and full of happiness! It looks wonderful – that summer sunshine and the relaxed styling in such glorious venues are perfect for an Oxford wedding! This gorgeous pair look so happy and content on their best day ever – which I think comes down to their genius approach to planning. They’ve given us some great recommendations and supplier ideas in their interview at the end of their feature, and share this fabulous snippet of wedding wisdom…

Chill! But plan in advance and don’t leave everything to the last minute. Map out your time and allocate jobs to each month. Only worry about something in its allocated month. This means everything gets done, steadily and reliably. Don’t fall in to the trap of one person doing everything and the other barely being consulted. Hatty may be the one with the artistic vision but we did the whole thing as a team and we were a wed-min machine by the end! Most importantly, remember that everyone is there to have fun and celebrate your relationship so don’t get stressed by the little things. The important thing is your marriage, not the wedding.

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When Mumford & Sons kicked open the doors for the indie folk scene over ten years ago, they pulled the genre from dowdy to dramatic, and a flood of similar acts were caught up in the rising tide of popular folk. Now one of the most popular wedding band hire choices for newlyweds (helped by their rustic vibes and fairy lights), there’s a staggering choice of Mumford style folk bands for weddings to make your big day special. But if you’re looking for your dream wedding band, who do you choose?

We’ve put together a selection of the very best rootsy talent the UK has to offer. Below you’ll find solo singer-guitarists, dynamic acoustic duos, tidy trios, roaming ensembles, as well as bands both modern and traditional, including authentic roots-driven folk acts, and festival wedding bands who perform acoustic twists on modern songs. Have a listen and see which style you love!

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Based in West Midlands, available nationwide.

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