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Hello lovelies! I have a treat for you today – an EXCLUSIVE saving for English Wedding Blog readers for a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester on the 23rd of June.

I host calligraphy workshops every few weeks – this summer’s dates will be June 23rd and 11th August. We spend 2 – 3 hours on a chilled out Friday afternoon learning to write beautiful letters together, and I honestly love teaching the classes so much!

The calligraphy workshop is small and friendly, with only around a dozen places in each class. Students are always a mix of brides-to-be and their friends or mums, creative wedding industry folks, graphic designers and crafty types. Whichever of these you are, you will LOVE learning modern calligraphy – anyone can do it! Manchester is wonderfully central with students coming by train from as far as Edinburgh and Birmingham, Wales and Newcastle for the day!

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Kaari and Kelly's Osea Island wedding - image credit Ayshea Goldberg Photography Essex (19)

Osea Island is paradise personified. The venue only needed a few touches to make our Gatsby theme come to life!

In the months leading up to the wedding my flat looked like a storage depot mixed with a mad artist with a penchant for glitter, ribbon and foam board. A shout out to my amazing girlfriends who DIY’d into the stratosphere with me and forgave my toddler like meltdowns (e.g. world is now ending because one shade of gold ribbon is different than the other :/) I so owe them.

Kaari and Kelly's Osea Island wedding - image credit Ayshea Goldberg Photography Essex (3)

My sister-in-law was scheduled to be our photographer – but unfortunately at the last minute she was unable to attend the wedding. I was in a panic – overwhelmed by planning and unable to process any major changes. My husband really stepped up and through the magic of Google and Ayshea’s amazing and captivating site he knew she was the one. Once I spoke to her – and she was warm – I knew we were in good hands. And we were.

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I’ve known Fiona through the English Wedding Blog for years. She’s an absolute gem of the wedding world – a super talented photographer and one of those genuinely lovely people whose emails can brighten up an entire week. So when Fiona sent me images of her and David’s very own wedding, I instantly knew I had to share it with all of you – and oh my, it’s just so beautiful!

Fabulous inspo for a 1920s vintage wedding at Broughton Hall on the English Wedding Blog (4)

“I loved our wedding, perhaps most of all because we had such a beautiful ceremony. I had a lovely friend who is a priest perform the ceremony, and we got married in a gorgeous private Catholic chapel owned by the Tempest family for ten centuries. While I was saying my vows I looked up at my husband (who is very tall) and noticed the ceiling, which was covered with blue and gold stars. It felt almost as if we were saying our vows under heaven! We also had a blessing for my son, Leo.”

Fabulous inspo for a 1920s vintage wedding at Broughton Hall on the English Wedding Blog (23)

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Instagram has the delicious power to turn us all into fans of the most incredible artisan designers – even before we dare to dream of having something made just for us. I LOVE Ailsa Munro‘s beautiful bespoke wedding gowns. There are so many talented makers and designers I follow on social media – your wedding is the perfect opportunity to discover them too! Recently I’ve discovered the incredibly talented Sarah Brown Jewellery and I was thrilled to bits when Ailsa told me she’d commissioned a bespoke engagement ring from Sarah herself.

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Ailsa’s story is a beautiful reminder that every wedding ‘transaction’ is an experience – a personal journey which really means something. It’s also a wonderful insight into the process of having something made for you, and I hope you love reading her story.

My job is making bespoke wedding dresses, so it should come as no surprise that when my boyfriend and I decided to get engaged I had very specific ideas about what I wanted for my engagement ring.

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Devon brides and grooms might already know Hannah Taylor – today’s beautiful bride and fabulously creative wedding stylist. It fascinates me to see wedding industry insiders’ weddings – and Hannah really pulled out all the stops to make her wedding to Michael stand out from the crowd. It’s deliciously alternative, breathtakingly beautiful and such a fabulous example of a truly individual day. Hannah and Michael are both gorgeous – this really is a treat and I hope you’ll LOVE their wedding photos as much as I do!

A unique and enchanting candlelit wedding at Bridwell Park. Images Martin Dabek Photography (13)

“I did my own flowers which l kept to a minimum as we had a February wedding when flowers aren’t plentifull. I used lots of accessories instead on our dinning table – fabrics, cut glass bottles and candles. My bouquet was made up from silk, artificial and fresh flowers.

A unique and enchanting candlelit wedding at Bridwell Park. Images Martin Dabek Photography (9)

We mainly focused our decoration on the house dinning room and chapel as bridwell’s such a beautiful house it didn’t need much else. I love making and creating – I’m doing it most days but for other peoples weddings this time it was for us. Yes it felt extra special!. I made and provided all our decor.

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However stunning the location or decoration, it’s the bride and groom, their family and friends that really make for a great wedding, everything else is secondary – so say the fabulous documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios.

A summer wedding in the park by documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios (19)

Today’s wedding has an amazing little ninja page boy in a head to toe gold costume (awesome), an actual bandstand, some bemused pic-nic-ers (how on earth do I spell that?!) and the most gorgeous bride and groom in like, ever. Plus the best atmosphere you could dream of… and it all comes across so beautifully in the photos.

A summer wedding in the park by documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios (21)

The venue? Battersea Park Pump House. What an amazing spot to get married! Although really – as the happiness shining out from today’s pics totally shows – it doesn’t matter where you’re married, because it’s just all about sharing the best moment of your life with the folks you love.

A summer wedding in the park by documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios (22)

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A summer wedding in the park by documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios (6)
A summer wedding in the park by documentary wedding photographers York Place Studios (7)

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Being a wedding blogger means new delights every day – little indie businesses, quirky and cute goodies I’ve never seen before, or genius styling from you lovely lot when we feature your weddings on the blog. I’d love to introduce you to Love & Lilah – they’ve been on my radar for a few months, building a lovely website full of pretty wedding inspiration you can buy from their many suppliers.

“For many brides, sourcing the beautiful items they’ve dreamed of for their special day is the trickiest part of wedding planning. While there’s a world of wedding inspiration at our fingertips, finding the perfect dress, decor or even wedding gift can be easier said than done.

Cue Love & Lilah – an online wedding marketplace designed to bring together those planning their wedding day with hand-picked British craft makers and designers.

Having launched in December 2016, Love & Lilah has already built a community of 130 sellers offering more than 1,500 products, meaning the site is quickly becoming the go-to location for those planning their special day.

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Words & images by Amanda Karen Photography

Most couples we photograph have never planned a wedding before and have no idea what to expect, the same can be said for having their photograph taken professionally.  Of course, we have all had photos taken on nights out, family trips out and probably love the odd selfie, but it’s very different being in front of a professional lens!   And whilst lots of people have food tastings, dress fittings, practice speeches and may have a rehearsal dinner, they don’t think about practicing for their portraits.  And that’s exactly what an engagement shoot is, it’s your dry run.

Your engagement shoot is the best time for you to practice being in front of the camera, really get to understand what it’s like being photographed by your chosen wedding photographer and to see how awesome the results are.   Plus you get gorgeous images of the two of you to put up in your home, use as save the dates or even as your table plan.

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If you love colour and are searching for styling ideas for your wedding which are a little more interesting than most, today’s gorgeous wedding is perfect! The multicoloured hanging lanterns are spellbinding – alongside Alison’s ribbon decorations and pretty DIY touches, they make for a fabulous theme and colour palette!

Bright and colourful spring wedding styling at the Matara Centre on the English Wedding Blog with Oobaloos Photography (35)

“Our wedding was exactly what we wanted. Styling was colourful but simple. I love tulips so was set on these as my flowers. I pinned a lot of rustic type things but decided to put my own spin on things with colourful ribbon instead of twine and string.

Bright and colourful spring wedding styling at the Matara Centre on the English Wedding Blog with Oobaloos Photography (25)

Matara is beautiful and the hilarium is an amazing space to decorate. We decided on paper lanterns to hang along the aisle and in the dome and I didn’t want chair covers as chairs were lovely so we decided to hang ribbon on the backs to make it more interesting. The hilarium also has a gorgeous wall of fairy lights!

Bright and colourful spring wedding styling at the Matara Centre on the English Wedding Blog with Oobaloos Photography (30)

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Happy Tuesday my lovelies! Today I have a little wedding gown love to share with you – a new designer to me, lovely Helen Rhiannon from South Wales. Her new collection is Monroe Dreams – wedding dresses with air and elegance, which use the most flattering silhouettes combined with satins and beaded lace to create delicious designs for every bride. I love how the dresses look natural and effortlessly feminine – I hope you will fall in love with them too!

British made wedding dresses in Wales by Helen Rhiannon, photo credit Michelle Huggleston Photography (16)

Helen Rhiannon’s 2018 Monroe Dreams Collection features four sophisticated, unique and timeless wedding dresses. Which is your favourite? I’m so in love with Gracie – those hidden pockets are perfect for brides with a practical side, like me!

British made wedding dresses in Wales by Helen Rhiannon, photo credit Michelle Huggleston Photography (13)

Images by Michelle Huggleston Photography

British made wedding dresses in Wales by Helen Rhiannon, photo credit Michelle Huggleston Photography (14)

Then there’s Jasmine – a dress with a designer twist. Romantic and long, with a beautiful beaded lace capelet which ends in a low ‘v’ above the waist. How stunning?

British made wedding dresses in Wales by Helen Rhiannon, photo credit Michelle Huggleston Photography (12)

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Today’s pretty celebration is very much up my street as I adore smaller weddings. And the little mice, sausage dog and all the carefully crafted little autumnal touches throughout the day make this a fabulous feature to start our week! Sophie is absolutely gorgeous and gives an amazing review for Che Birch Hayes Photography (Herefordshire) which you’ll find just below the photos.

Navy and copper for a rustic restaurant wedding in Herefordshire with Che Birch-Hayes Photography (6)

“Our venue is so beautiful it didn’t need much but we wanted to make it personal so we put quite a bit of thought and effort into making it special. My mum has a great eye for these things so was a great help in this department, she knows my taste well.

Organising and planning is one of my favourite things to do so Matthew said at the beginning, ‘you sort it and tell me where and when to be there and I will be’! He did enjoy helping chose the menu options though, for some reason he is more opinionated on food than fairy lights!

Navy and copper for a rustic restaurant wedding in Herefordshire with Che Birch-Hayes Photography (24)

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We call it ‘liquid sunshine’ here in the Lake District – a ‘very British’ kind of weather which seems to put on a special show every Saturday in wedding season! Time and time again I’ve heard the advice that even if it rains on your wedding day, you shouldn’t worry. Many of my photographer friends tell me they keep one eye on the weather because it never rains all day long. There’s always a break in the clouds; a moment when an eagle-eyed photographer will whisper in your ears that there’s golden sunshine outside… your chance to get some beautiful wedding day portraits to last a lifetime.

Beautiful wedding images from fab Somerset wedding photographers Linus Moran Photography (29)

Today’s beautiful Somerset wedding is a perfect example. Yes, there’s a bit of rain to contend with – but it doesn’t spoil the pics: it adds to the story of Victoria and Adam’s day.

Beautiful wedding images from fab Somerset wedding photographers Linus Moran Photography (28)

The details of the day are sublime: Victoria’s dress is beautiful, I love Adam’s suit (I’m sure we’ll be seeing more like this in the next couple of years: dinner jackets are a big US wedding trend) – and the styling is elegant and exquisite.

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