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Simple wedding styling ideas for a fine art wedding, image by Lara Rios Photography (1)
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Regular readers will know stationery is close to my heart! As a calligrapher I’ve worked with some of the very best from Cutture to Print for Love – and one of the loveliest things about writing the English Wedding Blog is discovering new stationery designers and online wedding invitation boutiques.

I’m also a huge supporter of independent and local businesses, so I’m delighted to bring you my top picks of wedding stationery designers to watch (and buy from!) in 2018. In no particular order….

Emma Jo Wedding Stationery

Emma Jo is always in our lists of favourite stationers. We loved her delicate butterfly wedding invitations as featured in one of our favourite shoots of the year – and we’re excited to see Emma’s latest projects for 2018. Emma’s lovely – follow her instagram for tons of gorgeous paper inspiration and sneak peeks at latest projects!

Emma Jo Stationery | photo credit Nina Pang

2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (6)
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Soooo… wedding dress shopping. Have you begun? Are you on the ideas trail, glued to Pinterest and swooning over wedding mags and beautiful editorial shoots? If there’s one thing I’d love the English Wedding Blog to be, it’s a hub for discovering UK designers to fall in love with. Emma Victoria Payne is one of my favourite couture dress designers, whose collection for 2018 is simply breathtaking.

2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (4)

This year Emma Victoria Payne has relocated to a beautiful new boutique at 6 Park Walk which is fantastic! “We really love our new boutique, it is such a wonderful space to work in! We have so many ideas for the window displays!”

2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (9)

Take a moment this chilly Tuesday lunchtime to discover Emma’s beautiful new 2018 collection images. We adore the interchangeable layers designed for you to change your look from daytime into evening, and the sublime fabrics which ooze elegance and femininity. Oh, and did I mention pockets?! Because – pockets!!! LOVE!

2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (1)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (2)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (3)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (5)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (6)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (7)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (8)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (10)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (11)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (12)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (13)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (14)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (15)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (16)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (17)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (18)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (19)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (20)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (21)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (22)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (23)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (24)
2018 wedding dresses by UK designer Emma Victoria Payne (25)

 

Discover more: www.emmavictoriapayne.com

woodland wedding style with VeVi Photography (17)
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Today’s shoot blows my mind, it’s so beautiful! Kirsty’s fabulous blue hair is only the beginning: the dress is insanely beautiful, the owl is the cutest thing ever, and the dripping candles and creative tablescapes tie the alternative fairytale styling (because yes, that’s a thing now!) together perfectly. Huge thanks to lovely Andreea at Vevi Photography for sharing this with us today. Lovelies, you’re going to need your Pinterest fingers!

woodland wedding style with VeVi Photography (20)

We wanted to create a fairytale feel for our alternative wedding shoot combining the woodland rustic wedding styling with touches of more luxurious items like gold rimmed plates, some exotic flowers and gold painted apples.

woodland wedding style with VeVi Photography (5)
woodland wedding style with VeVi Photography (33)

Kirsty and George love fairytales and Disney so when I photographed their fairytale themed wedding previously I knew they would be the right couple for the shoot I had in mind since their wedding had inspired me. It was a thrill to relieve their wedding day emotions with this lovely couple and an absolute joy to have our ring bearer owl there too.

woodland wedding style with VeVi Photography (10)

Elegant and fun Madingley Hall wedding with Ayshea Goldberg Photography (12)
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Hey lovelies! I’m so happy to be sharing such beautiful inspiration with you this week – I like to think I save the best until last and this year we’re celebrating December in style!! Today’s wedding combines historic elegance with lots of fun touches and a secret theme of Jane Austen – gorgeous bride and groom Bex and John had Jane Austen photo props and did their first dance as the dance from the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice!! How awesome is that? Images are by our lovely friend and sponsor Ayshea Goldberg Photography, who gets the loveliest review from the happy couple (just a couple of paragraphs on…)

Elegant and fun Madingley Hall wedding with Ayshea Goldberg Photography (23)

The Tudor hall at Madingley was so historic and beautiful. We personalised the Saloon Room with lots of photos of us and our family and friends. Our florist added incredible flower garlands to the staircases and the top table. We reused ivy garlands from the church over the grand fireplace and used the bridesmaids bouquets in pint glasses on the tables! My sister put together boxes of goodies for the bathrooms – facewipes, safety pins, chewing gum, nice soap and hand cream. They were such a lovely touch.

Hendon Hall winter art deco wedding, images by Amanda Karen Photography (4)
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Today’s wedding is pretty special, and all kinds of glamorous and elegant with a modern twist. Between Christmas and New Year is one of the loveliest times to get married – it’s a time of year when family is close to all our hearts, and that for me makes a wedding even more special.

Hendon Hall winter art deco wedding, images by Amanda Karen Photography (11)

I love the sparkling metallics dotted through Danielle and Martin’s day, the luxe fabrics and feathers, the candles and soft floral styling. It all comes together perfectly to create a decadent art deco look – and the opulent touches are perfect for the time of year!

Hendon Hall winter art deco wedding, images by Amanda Karen Photography (4)

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk

Dusty pink and blue wedding inspiration with Mila Kos on the English Wedding Blog (9)
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Today’s pretty winter wedding editorial combines texture and florals in the most beautiful way. With touches of nature from an alternative hoop bouquet and a wonderfully soft jumper and shawl, this is oh-so-perfect and right up my street!

Dusty pink and blue wedding inspiration with Mila Kos on the English Wedding Blog (23)

Words & images: Mila Kos Photography

I love the transformation of the seasons, how we adapt to them, how colours, light and landscapes change. For a long time I have been thinking of a wedding styled with dusty blue, dusty pink and grey colours palette which gave a special touch to this grey season with delicate and romantic colours, bringing more happiness and joy.

Dusty pink and blue wedding inspiration with Mila Kos on the English Wedding Blog (22)

The combination with jumpers and warm knitted throws brought some warmth and comfort showing that winter weddings can be great too.

Dusty pink and blue wedding inspiration with Mila Kos on the English Wedding Blog (24)

I also had this idea of using a glass house or a orangery as I love the light they bring on any occasion and that is why I chose The Orangery at Mt Edgecumbe, which is a glorious wedding venue with amazing indoors decoration, beautiful gardens which are transformed all year round plus the ocean and field landscapes.

Greenery and gorgeous urban chic styling at Manchester Victoria Warehouse with Kate McCarthy Photography (11)
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It’s December, time for festive cheer! So, it probably feels a little strange that today I’m bringing you a piece titled ‘wedding day regrets’ but bear with me, I promise it will be worth it!

Nothing saddens me more than listening to the words “if I could do it all again I wish I would have…” and, if you are a 2018 bride to be heading into the year of your wedding, you have the wonderful luxury of time and the fabulous opportunity that comes with it to avoid those wedding day regrets I hear about too often.

Advice on trying on wedding dresses, by Ailsa Munro on the English Wedding Blog (1)
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by Ailsa Munro Dressmaker, Cornwall

Advice on trying on wedding dresses, by Ailsa Munro on the English Wedding Blog (1)

It seems like it’s fairly common knowledge that wedding dresses “run small” compared to high street shops.

If shopping for the most important dress of your life wasn’t stressful enough, a lot of brides are then also faced with the horror of being squeezed into too small samples, pinned at the back with your bra showing, and having to show your bridesmaids and Mum while trying to imagine what it’ll look like in the right size.

As a dress designer, I wanted to explain why this is so common, and what you can do to avoid getting overwhelmed by it.

Advice on trying on wedding dresses, by Ailsa Munro on the English Wedding Blog (3)

Sizes are just numbers

First of all- it’s important to remember that sizes are just numbers. They help the industry codify bodies, which come in all shapes and sizes and heights and proportions, into roughly 6 standard sizes. The system is imperfect, not least because it appeals to the side of our brain that wants to put things in boxes and say “okay so if I’m a size X I must look like Y“, or worse “I can only be happy if I’m a size X” This brings about what is often referred to as “vanity sizing”, where high street shops make their sizes fit a slightly bigger body in order to make them feel good and therefore buy the product.

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Hey everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and warm through this ridiculously cold spell! We have no snow here on the Cumbrian coast – in fact it’s been lovely and sunny since Friday – but omg is it cold on the beach! So I’m staying in, snuggling into my slippers and hot chocolate and happy to be sharing some extra special blog features with you all in the run up to Christmas. Today’s is no exception… did you see our list of 15 favourite UK wedding planners published yesterday? If you did, you’ll have spotted our lovely friend Helen from Pudding Bridge. Helen’s not only a multi-award winning planner, she’s also written some advice features for the blog over the last few months and we’re thrilled to have her joining our little team of sponsors today.

Award winning Bristol and Bath wedding planners Pudding Bridge (3)

Pudding Bridge is owned by Helen Hopkins and is a multi-award winning Wedding Planning company based in Bristol. Specialising in elegant country house weddings, I am passionate about organising epic extended celebrations.

Award winning Bristol and Bath wedding planners Pudding Bridge (4)
Award winning Bristol and Bath wedding planners Pudding Bridge (5)

Understated luxury wedding styling in Hampshire by Jenna Hewitt, with Kitty Wheeler Shaw Photography (9)
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We’re looking back on an amazing year of real weddings, editorial photoshoots and glorious prettiness on the English Wedding Blog. We’ve shared features with so many amazing suppliers, I wanted to introduce you to some of our favourites today – and where better to begin than with the folks who turn dreams into reality? It takes a huge amount of talent and skill to be a wedding stylist and planner: these guys have an eye for beautiful design and a head for figures, logistics and calm reassurance. I take my hat off to every single one of these wonderful ladies – and I would recommend them to any couple looking for a little extra help with any aspect of wedding planning.

In no particular order, my top 15 recommended wedding planners and stylists for your 2018 wedding are…

Fabulous art deco wedding inspo for 2017 with Lemontree Photography (12)
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Before today I never realised art deco had such exciting and rebellious origins! If you’re having an art deco inspired wedding – or marrying in a venue with an art deco look, you should read this and embrace the spirit of the times – let your hair down and have twice as much fun! Huge thanks to Tina from Crimble Hall for the fabulous inspiration in today’s guest article!

Fun and glamorous Art Deco themes are in perfect keeping with the history and grandeur of many of England’s older former stately home and manor house venues. The ‘bright young things’ from these wealthy families had their entertaining heydays in the 1920’s, so whether you’re using a lavish former ballroom with crystal chandeliers and luscious shimmering fabrics, or a former cocktail bar with geometric wooden inlays, mirrored surfaces and polished chrome, you’ve got the perfect excuse for fun and decadent Art Deco wedding styling.

Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (9)
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Jetsetting bridal brand Otaduy is one of our favourites here at the English Wedding Blog HQ. Their dresses are floaty light, pretty and simple – and their styled shoots remind us all that brides don’t have to look like princesses. I love their look: it’s sassy, a little alternative and always gorgeously streetwise.

Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (5)

Today’s editorial was photographed on Lisbon streets by Hugo Coelho. The urban setting brings the dresses to life – the look is fabulously fashionista and perfect for a modern, city bride!

Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (1)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (2)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (3)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (4)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (6)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (7)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (8)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (9)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (10)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (11)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (12)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (13)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (14)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (15)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (16)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (17)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (18)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (19)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (20)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (21)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (22)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (23)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (24)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (25)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (26)
Alternative bridal style wedding blog, images by Hugo Coelho (27)

Photography – Hugo Coelho

Makeup and Hair – Rebeca
Model – Liliana Miguez Garcia
Wedding dress | Otaduy
Hat | Zadig & Voltaire
Boots | Aldo
Jewellery | Parfois

UK stockists of Otaduy dresses include Unbridaled Boutique (Ayr) and Archive 12 (Belfast)

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Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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