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I stumbled across Belle & Bunty‘s instagram the other day: a haven for sassy brides looking to avoid the ‘delicate flower’ bridal style and embrace something more relaxed and fashion-aware: dare I say ballsy?

Put it this way: There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t find a wedding outfit that feels like YOU. No need to change your style because the wedding industry wants you in a corseted bodice / trailing gown / fitted white lace wotsit. And if you’re also looking for an eco-aware brand with genuine ethics and a commitment to sustainability, girl you are in the right place! Belle & Bunty’s gorgeous dresses can even be made in vegan fabrics… which ticks every little box for me.

Belle and Bunty cowgirl wedding dress collection 2019 London (13)

 

Inspired by country glamour and the Nashville, Tennessee music scene, Belle & Bunty’s ‘Islands in the Stream’ is the latest collection by design duo Belle & Bunty. From its humble roots around the campfire to the glitz and glamour of its biggest stars performing at the iconic Grand Ol Opry country music venue, this collection pays homage to those heartfelt love songs that beckon the great outdoors and the powerful independent women that wander across them.

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It’s almost the weekend and we have another gorgeous wedding to share with you – this time, sent in by my lovely friends at The Little Paper Shop in Cheshire! I can’t introduce this blog post without plugging my modern calligraphy classes at this gorgeous wedding & paper boutique – it’s in Nantwich, and I’ll be there on the 7th of September for beginners modern calligraphy and brush pen lettering workshops – come and join me if you can!

Now as well as being the creative whirlwind and owner of The Little Paper Shop, Cara is a talented wedding photographer. She captured Liz and Andrew’s Shropshire wedding for them, and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you today!

Liz & Andrew's Shropshire yurt wedding, photo credit Cara Green, The Little Paper Shop (26)

Liz is just beautiful in her Essense of Australia wedding gown, which she found at Shropshire Country Brides. Despite a few dress wobbles in the run up to the wedding, Liz stuck with her choice and we LOVE how beautifully this dress works on her – it was meant to be for this stunning bride!

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So we’re more than halfway through the week (yay!) and I have something really unique and different to share with you. It’s a fun Tipi styled shoot, playing off the ‘bringing the outside in’ trend, with a twist. This unconventional wedding look was created and styled by the rather fabulous Florence & Vera at Cotswold Field of Dreams and planned by the folks at Timber and Canvas. The images are by lovely Elena Popa Photography, a Surrey wedding photographer who loves to work with creative, non-traditional couples! The shoot is beautifully styled, featuring peacock chairs, bridal trousers and a super fun removable train.

Tipi wedding alternative bridal, photography by Elena Popa (19)

“What we wanted to do is take the ‘wild’, and really see how creative we can be with it. We imaged the truly unconventional bride, looking to get away from the formality and restrictions that can sometimes be felt in a wedding, and looking to create a day for people to truly have fun!

Tipi wedding alternative bridal, photography by Elena Popa (24)

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Our midweek wedding is a blissful, breathtaking, glorious celebration of love at Nottingham’s Carriage Hall. Stephanie and Peter were married in April, which they chose as a time of new beginnings – and the perfect month to start their married life! The lovely couple always knew they wanted a humanist wedding ceremony: “Humanism celebrates the idea that we have one life to lead, so we need to live it in the here and now, that we need to make the most of life’s beauty and riches every day; it focuses on the goodness of humanity and community, family and friends; and the importance of love.

Stephanie and Peter's incredibly beautiful Carriage Hall wedding, photo credit Martin Cheung (1)

“We worked with a wonderful celebrant, Laurie Cohen, to write a ceremony that was completely unique and personal to us. Working with a Humanist celebrant allowed us to reflect back on our relationship and really think about why we wanted to get married. It was a really lovely process and probably one of the most fun parts of planning the wedding!

Stephanie and Peter's incredibly beautiful Carriage Hall wedding, photo credit Martin Cheung (2)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.martincphotography.co.uk/

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Did you see yesterday’s elopement inspiration feature? (check it out here) I mentioned one of my best friends eloped last week: I’m so thrilled for her and her husband! And I have to confess, if me and my guy were to tie the knot, we’d elope. Because I just love the romance of it all: the escape, the shared secret, the adventure. So I wanted to write a little something to inspire all of you considering an elopement.

Wild elopements wedding photographer based in London, Emily Black (12)

I can’t think of anyone better to help with this feature than lovely friend and sponsor of English Wedding, Emily Black Photography. I randomly spotted on instagram the other week that Emily had eloped: 6 years ago, she and her hubby tied the knot in Italy. Emily seems to have set a trend: in the last few years, elopements have become more and more popular, so I asked her to tell me a little of her story.

Wild elopements wedding photographer based in London, Emily Black (11)

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Good morning, beautiful! I’m happy to say we have a week full of beautiful inspiration to share with you – and I’m so excited! We kick off with two wonderful elopement features today and tomorrow, then it’s two gorgeous real weddings and some fabulous ideas-led features to inspire your big day. So stick around – it’s going to be the loveliest week!

Today we’re all about modern elopements. This is most definitely a Thing: I LOVE elopement stories: one of my best friends eloped last week! I’d encourage anyone thinking about a romantic elopement to indulge in a little styling, and so today’s feature is for all of you brides who’d like to incorporate a clean and contemporary look with your elopement planning.

Beautifully curated fine art bridal shoot with Quaintly Photography (9)

The stunning images are by lovely Pat at Quaintly Photography. Pat’s fine art look is to die for: she’s known worldwide for her candid documentary photography, and is based in Estonia. The stunning bride wears Oui Madam‘s showstopping bridal coat ‘Sophia’: hand crafted in pure silk organza with those amazing ruffles and delicate pearl detailing – a truly exceptional bridal look.

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So you want to give your wedding guests the fabulously fun treat of a photo booth – and you want yours to be just a little bit unique and interesting: a different wedding photo booth from the ones you’ve seen before.

I get it. Photo booths are almost a must-have at weddings these days: we haven’t lost the ability to entertain ourselves by taking photos and pulling faces / dressing up… there’s a five year old in everyone! But as with everything wedding, we NEED to differentiate.

Can you DIY a wedding photo booth?

Well – yeah, you can! And if you don’t overthink it, it’s pretty easy these days. There are tutorials on One Fab Day and A Practical Wedding which give great advice and are chock full of ideas. But to be fair, there are simpler ways to DIY your wedding photo booth if you’re on a budget.

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Header image by Lauren Rader on Unsplash

As months of planning come and go and the wedding day gets closer, stress levels normally skyrocket. Did everyone RSVP? Are the vendors confirmed? Is druncle Stan going to behave? Oh…all the zillion things that can go wrong!

First off: relax…
Breathe…
Let it go…

Not happening? I get it; on top of probably working a full-time job, all your free time and energy is put into planning the most perfect fairytale wedding. I completely understand that not stressing out isn’t something that you can easily do at this point. But it’s so important to relieve all of that tension building up.

A perfect solution is to treat yourself and your betrothed to a pre-wedding pamper. Being refreshed and newly connected with your partner will help you tackle those planning challenges, and prevent a wedding planning burnout.

Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash

 

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You can’t beat a wedding with a really fun story. Lovely Jade and Carl invited all of their guests to their children’s christening – and surprised them with an extra: they got MARRIED!! It makes the photos of the beginning of the day even more special, knowing that for most of the guests, the whole thing was a secret surprise!

Jade and Carl surprised their christening guests with a WEDDING! Images by Anoif Photography on English-Wedding.com (8)

Images are by lovely Fiona at Anoif Photography, who gets a fabulous review from Jade and Carl in their interview (at the end of the blog post). Photography was the couple’s biggest spend, and one they’re very glad of – for while this was very much a DIY wedding on a budget, the images will last a lifetime and I love the piece of family history they’ve captured for our lovely bride and groom!

Jade and Carl surprised their christening guests with a WEDDING! Images by Anoif Photography on English-Wedding.com (4)

 

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.anoifphotography.co.uk

Instagram: @anoifphotography
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anoifphotography/#anoifphotography

Jade and Carl surprised their christening guests with a WEDDING! Images by Anoif Photography on English-Wedding.com (31)

How did you choose your photographer?

She came highly recommended after meeting at my best friends wedding!

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Warm out there, isn’t it?!! I’m loving how summery I’m feeling this week – and just before I take my little packed lunch to the beach (because I’m the luckiest wedding blogger and it’s like 2 minutes’ walk!) I have this stunning summer wedding to share with you. Beautiful bride Victoria got in touch with me a few weeks ago. She married Stephen last July and chose a quintessentially English theme for their wedding day.

I loved hearing about Victoria’s dress: it was handmade for her by a family friend, along with her mum’s dress and the four bridesmaids’ dresses. Victoria was really involved in the process, and able to choose the fabric (Thai Silk), shape (A-Line) and detailing on her dress. Silk covered buttons ran all the way down the back of the gown, with the top button covered in lace from Victoria’s grandmother’s wedding dress. Oh, and pockets! Her dream dress looks fabulous – as if it were made especially for her – and it was!

A quintessentially English marquee wedding with a handmade dress! Photo credit Ben Davis Photography (7)

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We’re leaping into Wednesday with an excited squeal and a breathtaking dose of beautiful lavender. Today’s editorial will steal your heart if you’re looking for a traditional English countryside wedding with a modern aesthetic. The look is stylish and romantic, timeless and natural, with unique details. The images by Suzy Elizabeth Photography are wonderfully light and airy, styling by Wedding Elements is perfectly, beautifully on point. Our venue for the day is Nether Winchendon House, set in seven acres of traditional gardens and hundreds of acres of parkland on the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire border.

Classic rose wedding inspiration with a contemporary twist, image credit Suzy Elizabeth Photography (1)

Words by Wedding Elements | Images by Suzy Elizabeth Photography

Classic rose wedding inspiration with a contemporary twist, image credit Suzy Elizabeth Photography (23)

Taking inspiration from a classic Oxfordshire countryside manor, this shoot captures the romance and beauty of an English rose marrying her true love. Combining traditional elements with modern features and luxury handmade details, the shoot brings together the principal elements of a modern couple in a traditional setting. With a colour palette of lavender and sage, and hints of silver and copper, reflecting the rich colours of the stunning Oxfordshire gardens.

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I promised you a stunning editorial today and I hope you’ll agree this more than fits the bill! Romantic, boho bridal style and a bold take on an ever-popular modern colour palette make this shoot an absolute dream. We’re at The Walled Gardens in Nottingham with lovely Nicole & Charlotte Events and a host of rather brilliantly talented local wedding suppliers. The colour palette for table styling is rich and exciting, with teal, grey and copper making the perfect backdrop for a loose bouquet of roses, berries and eucalyptus. Enjoy!

 

Rustic boho marquee wedding style, image credit James Kemp Photography on English-Wedding.com (24)

“The theme for our shoot was ‘Rustic Boho’, using the colours grey, copper and teal. The team we chose to work with were amazing, and really brought our vision to life!

The setting for our shoot was The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields, which really complimented the boho, countryside look we were aiming for. We were able to use the beautiful gardens, as well as the permanent marquee which has roll up sides, looking out onto the gardens. The weather was also on our side – it was beautiful!

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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