So this is the English Wedding Blog… and I try to make every feature useful for all of you wonderful UK brides and grooms out there looking for ideas for your big day. I rarely feature destination weddings, although we’ve been known to skip across the borders to France, Italy, and of course Scotland, Wales and Ireland for a beautiful celebration feature. Never Canada though, despite it being one of the most amazing destinations and top of my list of places I’d love to visit in the entire world. When Daryl and Kathryn sent me these images of their breathtaking mountain elopement for the blog, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you. Somehow they slipped through a gap in my editorial schedule and I’ve kept these beauties from you since January. Is their Canadian elopement relevant to UK brides and grooms? Yes!!! I now believe we should all elope to Canada. Ditch all your other plans and just look at this…
Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend? I have to admit… I’ve been attacked by a horsefly and am typing with a right arm the size of one of my legs… eeeeekk!! I’m mainly wearing ice packs today! (Is it just me?!) Luckily I don’t particularly need my elbow to blog and bring you amazing weddings, and boy do we have something special to share today! I’ve been keeping gorgeous couple Becky and Sam up my sleeve for a few weeks now – their fabulously vintage, Great Gatsby inspired, home crafted, personal wedding at Crockwell Farm is definitely going down as one of my favourites of 2018 so far.
Lovely photographer Jodie Cooling (who gets a great review from Becky and Sam below) has kindly introduced their wedding for you…
Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re having a happy, sunny day, wherever you are. I actually wrote this yesterday because I’m planning to be on my way down from a big mountain in time for Sunday lunch… which means a dawn start! Eeek! So anyway – these two are one of my favourite couples because they really didn’t conform to the ‘normal’ wedding expectations (and for me that word normal isn’t the most exciting of words, so this is a good thing!) Alice describes their day as ‘unweddingy’ – and this makes me very happy. Safe to say most wedding bloggers are on a bit of a mission to encourage couples to do things their way – and for me at least, wearing something completely different to a standard wedding dress is a brilliant place to start! Needless to say, Alice looks incredibly beautiful; Sam’s gorgeous and together they made their wedding as perfect as can be. Images are by English Wedding Directory member Siobhan H Photography.
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The summer solstice has been and gone… but I’ve been saving up something really special to mark the occasion. I’d have loved to visit Stonehenge in the days before it was a mega visitor centre – sadly my chance has passed, but I do still believe there’s a magic in the beautiful rolling hills nearby. Lucky enough to be situated on the edge of the Stonehenge world heritage site and set in the grounds of a 17th century manor house, The Manor Barn has been sympathetically restored to the highest possible standards as a charmingly timeless wedding venue.
Today’s editorial comes from lovely Pippa at The Manor Barn, along with a bunch of fabulously talented local wedding suppliers who collaborated to set the scene for an elegant spring wedding with edgy and beautiful contemporary touches. It’s one of my favourite shoots so far this year – and as such it was a key feature in the English Wedding Bible at the beginning of this month.
Hints of today’s faded beauty editorial appeared in the English Wedding Bible at the beginning of the month – call it a sneak peek. There is so much more I’ve been so excited to share with you, and the styling is right up my street, created by lovely Nikki from Knots & Kisses. Her concepts are simply stunning – her eye for wedding styling is exceptional. The stationery and cake just blow my mind! Here’s Nikki to tell you more…
The inspiration for the shoot started with a visit to the wonderful Great Fulford and the beautiful but slightly dilapidated rooms with their bare brick and peeling plaster. It automatically evoked feelings of Great Expectations for me and Miss Havisham’s dining room. A feel of faded beauty and elegance which I thought would be a beautiful backdrop for a shoot.
My aim was to inspire couples to realise the opportunity to set their wedding in more unusual places than your average manor house – that industrial and run down spaces could be the perfect backdrop for a wedding.
So many people have mentioned these to me recently, I couldn’t help but have a closer look! My M&M’s® are one of the best innovations in wedding favours – and the guys in their marketing team were kind enough to send me a very generous handful* to review for you!
*bucketful. Although there aren’t many left, I must admit…
Weirdly enough, two of our couples on the blog in the last seven days have chosen personalised My M&M’s® for their favours – lovely Martin & Paul had their faces printed on theirs along with their initials and wedding date. Hannah & Ben chose light purple and yellow coloured sweets and had them printed with their wedding date and a photo too!
Gorgeous bride Lizzie and hubby Chris got married at the very lovely Kingscote Barn, Gloucestershire. It rained all day but they had so much fun, and the styling touches are just lovely – in white and green, with fabulous floral displays and the most amazing table plan. Favours were mini scented soy candles, which is the sweetest idea, don’t you think?
Kingscote Barn didnt need much styling as it is such a beautiful venue. But I did have a fantastic wedding stylist, English Wedding Directory member The Little Wedding Helper (Kirsten Butler) did such a great job. Her collaboration with Bijoux Floral Design (Becci Hobbs), signsandstationerylove (Tamsin Yates) created the most amazing table plan! Bijoux Floral Design did such an amazing job with our flowers! Becci was incredible, and really made my vision a reality.
These guys are not only insanely talented musicians, they know exactly what works on the dancefloor at weddings – ALL the weddings. Between them and in their various lineups they’ve performed at well over 600 weddings in the UK and internationally, making them true professionals, experts and most importantly brilliant entertainers for your best day ever! I’m delighted to have Down for the Count listed in the English Wedding Directory – read all about them here and get in touch or follow them via the links below!
Down for the Count are a collective of professional musicians who perform in a range of different line-ups – meaning they are perfect for any style, and any size of wedding!
The line-ups can booked separately or you can build a whole-day wedding package with live music for each part of your day.
Did you have an amazing weekend? I’ve been teaching calligraphy and general pottering around whenever the sun peeped out… And this week I have a stack of wedding invitations and place names to write, so it’s going to be pretty busy at English Wedding HQ. Of course we also have gorgeous wedding pretty to share with you, starting with this stunner of an editorial shoot sent in by Emily Andrew Events. You may have seen a sneak preview of this one in the English Wedding Bible (and if you haven’t, do grab your FREE copy here!) – today we’re delving into all the details of this breathtaking shoot at an intriguing Norfolk wedding venue.
Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re relaxing and enjoying a peaceful day wherever you are (is anyone else watching back to back world cup matches? no? just me?! I have to admit I’m not really paying attention…) It’s very easy to be distracted with this much wedding pretty on my screen, to be honest… I’ve been excited to share Hannah and Ben’s wedding with you – it’s gorgeously full of spring styling, and brought to you by lovely Ashdown Park wedding photographer Damion Mower, who is based in Buckinghamshire. Hannah is absolutely stunning in her English Rose wedding dress, and Ben wears a tail suit in charcoal, looking every bit the dashing country gentleman!
In the church we had spring flowers which were arranged by the church’s florist. Our reception was in a converted chapel so we had stained glass windows all around. We had tall flower centre pieces and lights in a organza tulle wrapped around the bannisters. These little details really complimented the venue.
Hey lovelies! I hope you’re all really well and avoiding today’s rain!! I’m teaching a calligraphy workshop this afternoon, but before I go I have something really special for you today – a gorgeous wedding with striking and beautiful styling touches in a fabulous old mill. Gorgeous grooms Martin and Paul were married in the autumn, and chose The West Mill Venue for their ceremony and reception – and it’s just perfect. Unforgettably perfect, as the guys told me… and from the pics I couldn’t agree more.
These two rocked their day in the very best way imaginable. Their suits are from Australian tailors Oscar Hunt – and they’re gorgeous! I love the pale blue, teamed with autumnal brown and vibrant orange accents – they look amazing and the guys loved them! Styling touches include elegant vintage suitcases, vibrant autumn florals, effortlessly chic display areas with maps and the most adorable cake topper. I’d love to see Pinterest go crazy for this wedding – it’s a stunner and I hope you all love it as much as I do!