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Vicky and Charlie's laid back Lillibrooke Manor wedding on the English Wedding Blog, photos by Sarah Ann Wright (28)
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Happy Wednesday folks! Have you read the English Wedding Bible yet? Our article “why don’t men like weddings” is making me super aware of giving grooms a starring role in the weddings I share on the blog – how am I doing? Of course, handsome grooms like Charlie make it easy 🙂 And Vicky is just breathtakingly beautiful, don’t you think? Today’s wedding is as gorgeous as it is exciting. I adore the elegant and rustic styling, and I love the ideas Vicky and Charlie came up with – “wedding day TV” starring guest interviews, plus the groomsmen’s boy band montage… it sounds so funny and memorable for all the right reasons!

Vicky and Charlie's laid back Lillibrooke Manor wedding on the English Wedding Blog, photos by Sarah Ann Wright (35)

Photos are by lovely Sarah Ann Weddings, a laid back and fun wedding photographer based in London. Sarah travels all over the UK shooting weddings for couples who want a relaxed, natural and fun wedding day. She describes herself as a mini ninja with a camera harness… and we think she’s brilliant. Find her on insta – @sarahannweddings

Vicky and Charlie's laid back Lillibrooke Manor wedding on the English Wedding Blog, photos by Sarah Ann Wright (10)

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Hey everyone! It’s wedding supplier time once again and I’m delighted to introduce you to these lovely people, who’ve joined or re-joined The English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks. Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, stationers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

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Photography by Kathryn is all about combining a documentary wedding photography style with beautiful portraits created with a relaxed and down to earth approach. Authentic, natural and beautiful wedding photography in Yorkshire

Sarah Williams photographs weddings with a reportage style, capturing natural, unposed images of your wedding day. “My approach is non-intrusive which helps me to tell the true story of your special day, allowing you to enjoy yourself and most importantly have fun! I am based on the South coast and travel all over the uK and beyond so please do get in touch – I would love to be a part of your day if I can.” Based in Sussex

Fine art bridal portraits by Kathryn Hopkins Photography on the English Wedding Blog (31)
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We spend an average of eighteen months planning a wedding – and the day itself is over in the blink of an eye. Imagine if you could spend just a little more time in your dress; have a few tranquil moments to enjoy being a bride again, after your wedding day.

Fine art bridal portraits by Kathryn Hopkins Photography on the English Wedding Blog (4)

Beautiful bride Faye spent a little time with one of the loveliest photographers I know – Kathryn Hopkins – doing just that. They went along to Great Ashfield House for a post-bridal shoot and captured a romantic set of images, taking time to make more memories for Faye of her bridal style and dress.

Fine art bridal portraits by Kathryn Hopkins Photography on the English Wedding Blog (36)

Weddings are so fast paced with little time to dedicate to one element during the day, so it is really lovely to be able to spend a couple of hours just documenting the bride’s style and dress after the wedding day.  I definitely recommend any bride treating themselves to a day of pampering on set and enjoying their dress again before it gets packed away forever.” ~ Kathryn Hopkins

Wedding venue coordinators and wedding planners - what's the difference? Katie Stocks from The Events Designers explains (2)
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When friends tell me they don’t need a wedding planner – there’s one at the venue – I get a little nervous for them. Even the most relaxed of weddings on the surface needs someone behind the scenes making sure everything goes smoothly. The larger your guest list and the more complicated your wedding plans, the more likely it is you’ll need a little help along the way. If you can afford to spend a little to calm your nerves and reassure yourselves that your wedding day won’t be stressful – it’s so worth chatting to a wedding planner. They’re your lifesaver if you need one; and they’re a world away from the wedding coordinator at your venue. Lovely Katie Stocks from The Events Designers explains why.

Wedding venue coordinators and wedding planners - what's the difference? Katie Stocks from The Events Designers explains (3)

Top two images by Will Patrick Photography www.willpatrickweddings.com

 

Peony wedding inspiration on the English Wedding Blog, images by Heline Bekker (25)
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Who else adores peonies? I bought more than I could carry home from my calligraphy workshop last week, and they’re still blooming fabulously on my mantelpiece! So to share the peony love, I have this stunning shoot for you today from our lovely friend Gwenda at Bohotanical and photographer Heline Bekker. Get your Pinterest face ready and prepare to fall HEAD OVER HEELS….!

Peony wedding inspiration on the English Wedding Blog, images by Heline Bekker (30)

Gwenda explains how the shoot came about…
“The premise of this shoot was to find beauty in simplicity, exploring how a restrained colour palette and minimal detail can be anything but bland! That Amazing Place is a fabulous space – something of a blank canvas, but filled with character, so just perfect for the aesthetic of this shoot. I’ve always loved ribbons, and although tying a decent bow drives me to distraction, my first thought was to use them as the key motif. As we were shooting in June, peonies were the obvious choice; I hadn’t ever just used them on their own, without foliage or other blooms, so this seemed like as good a time as any to do so. I picked them all from a local flower farm, and chose an array of pinks, mostly soft but with both brighter and deeper touches for interest, and various petal formations for texture. All the varieties came together in the bouquet, which had trailing ribbons in coordinating pinks; then on the table, single stems were placed in small vases to each could shine by itself.

Bordesley Park wedding venue Redditch - featured on the English Wedding Blog with Clive Blair Photography (34)
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Happy June! Where did May go… is it just me or is 2018 flying by?! I’m delighted to be sharing a wedding from one of our exclusive little team of sponsors on the blog today – lovely Birmingham wedding photographer Clive Blair. Clive’s a documentary-styled wedding photographer, based in Birmingham and working throughout the UK and abroad for couples who want a relaxed and informal style of wedding photography. We think he’s fab!

James and Lizzie married at Bordesley Park Farm in Beoley Vale, Worcestershire – an exclusive wedding venue surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful countryside giving the perfect backdrop for a wonderful wedding. The weather was gloriously sunny from beginning to end – and Clive’s golden hour shots of the happy couple are just breathtaking!

Bordesley Park wedding venue Redditch - featured on the English Wedding Blog with Clive Blair Photography (18)

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I tried my dress on at a wedding fair with Jamie, to prove to him it wasn’t the kind of style I wanted. Little did I know I’d fall in love with it and so when I went to try on dresses at the store I made sure it was pulled amongst others to try, just to make sure it was what I wanted – even though I pretended to Jamie that I hadn’t bought that one and gone with another!

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It’s been a little while since I pulled an all-nighter, but at 3am today I finally hit Save for the last time on issue 2 of our beautiful digital magazine. It’s here – it’s free for you to read and it’s FULL of stunning wedding inspiration, advice, ideas and with two brilliant competitions for you to enter.

That’s me off to bed for a little extra snooze then… I’ll be back at 12 with a gorgeous real wedding to brighten your Friday lunch!

I hope you love the magazine! It’s been a labour of love and I’m really proud of everything we’ve packed into our second issue.

Claire xxx

Hampshire wedding photographer Cooper Photography on the English Wedding Blog (22)
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Goodbye May, you have been delicious! As we skip from spring into summer tomorrow, the wedding season begins in earnest. I am so excited to have some incredibly beautiful shoots tucked up my little sleeves, which will be published on the blog throughout June. Let’s begin with something beautiful, shall we? This is simply outstanding wedding style inspiration from the magnificent Somerley Estate in Hampshire, brought to you by lovely Tasha of the Hampshire Wedding Club.

Hampshire wedding photographer Cooper Photography on the English Wedding Blog (16)

What’s your favorite season? Mine just so happens to be spring and this wedding inspiration highlights exactly why. From the chalky elegant bouquet saturated with rich red hues and, to the handpainted cake accented with the matching florals. All captured by the very talented Anna and Stu, of Cooper Photography.

Hampshire wedding photographer Cooper Photography on the English Wedding Blog (8)

Hampshire is one of the most beautiful and inspiring places in Southern England. Miles of countryside stretch into rolling green hills. This is the scene inspiring Cooper Photography, and a marvellous collection of Hampshire Suppliers who together created this effortlessly stylish, laid back luxury editorial shoot. Dreamy florals by award winning Arcade Flowers in on trend deep burgundy tones vs chalky blues and peach are beautifully coordinated to match the country luxe of the Somerley Estate. Effortless and luxury in perfect harmony.

Polhawn Fort wedding in Cornwall with Martin Dabek Photography on the English Wedding Blog (34)
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The Cornish coastline is a beautiful location to be married, and beautiful bride Nazia and husband Martin made the most of it with a perfectly planned, stunning celebration in sunset colours. Their portraits by Polhawn Fort wedding photographer Martin Dabek are wonderful; the story of the day just flows through the pictures and I know you’ll love the rather spectacular ending to today’s blog post!

Polhawn Fort wedding in Cornwall with Martin Dabek Photography on the English Wedding Blog (7)

I actually designed my own wedding dress, I wanted to have a beautiful white wedding dress but also wanted to have a bit of my heritage incorporated into it, so I did this through the embroidery. I used the same Asian dress makers who made my sister’s and my sister in law’s wedding dresses, so I already knew they would do a great job. (Chiffons, 121 Green Street, London.) They did an amazing job in making what I had drawn on paper into reality, each time I went for a fitting and saw more and more of the dress come to life I fell in love with it even more. It was perfect, so unique and exactly what I had imagined.

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Imagine your wedding morning, waking up at a beautiful venue and getting ready for your best day ever. You’ll be pampered and looked after by your family and your best girls. Your dress will be waiting, hung up ready for you to wear. The anticipation and excitement will be bubbling over… and this will be a morning to remember for the rest of your life, because in just a few short hours you’ll be married. Oh my…

Today’s editorial focuses on a bridal morning in a boutique hotel by the name of St Michaels, in the pretty Cotswolds town of Painswick. Gloucestershire wedding photographer Nadia Dixon got in touch with me to share this shoot, which she hopes will inspire couples to consider the Cotswolds as a place to get married. “Painswick has everything to offer for organising a magnificent wedding event. We would like more couples to find out about Painswick. That’s why we’ve started to work on a local wedding project aiming to bring together local vendors. This photoshoot is the first small step in a grand plan!

Elegant wedding at Kingston Estate, images by Sam Box Photography on the English Wedding Blog (22)
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These two are more than a little bit gorgeous, don’t you think? Chloe looks amaaaazing – and Marc’s black bowtie is a perfectly elegant look for a classic summer wedding. The venue is Kingston Estate – a magnificent Georgian mansion set in the heart of south Devon. Images are by lovely Sam Box Photography.

Elegant wedding at Kingston Estate, images by Sam Box Photography on the English Wedding Blog (2)

We tried to keep everything as classic as possible, white flowers with lots of greenery, black tie for the boys and a pale grey sequinned for the bridesmaids. I am slightly obsessed with everything Michelle Keegan .. so her wedding was massive inspiration for me!! I loved the glamour that they had but still kept it minialistic and classy! I mostly used the internet to look for different things for the wedding, usually after I had trawled Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration!

Elegant wedding at Kingston Estate, images by Sam Box Photography on the English Wedding Blog (29)

wedding stationery by wolf and ink UK (6)
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London-based boutique Letterpress studio Wolf & Ink has recently launched its 2018 collection of wedding invitations – and I simply had to share them with you on the blog today. I adore letterpress – the soft, textured papers have a wonderfully warm feeling to them and are always a dream to write on. Wolf & Ink are one of my favourite letterpress stationers – Julia’s designs are contemporary and unique; they’re full of character and timeless designer style. Have a look at our favourites here on the blog today (which Julia will introduce for you) – and then hop over to Wolf & Ink to see more. Don’t leave it too late to book! 

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The Wolf & Ink wedding invitations range is inspired by the many varied and intricate designs that can be created by a vintage one-of-a-kind letterpress machine.

For those new to the letterpress method of printing, its main advantage over modern digital (flat) printing is the range of indentations that can be created. A plate is made up with the design and text, which is then pressed down onto the cardstock, creating that distinctive style of indentation (known in the industry as a “deboss”).

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