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English Wedding Directory member Ross Willsher is a professional photographer based in Essex. His book, “How to have a wedding as individual as you are” is brilliant, inspiring, down to earth, reassuring and beautifully written. So many of us – me included – get a little nervous in front of the camera. While I’d worry about my chin (both my chins) and my tummy, the way I was standing, how to get my hair to stay in the right place, and what to wear, I know in my heart that being happy and confident makes for the best and most beautiful images. But confidence is probably the hardest thing to have! You can’t pluck it out of the sky, and it’s way harder to fix nerves than flyaway blue hair…

I imagine ten minutes with Ross would set my nerves to rest. Even from his book I can tell he has a way with people, is a listener and understands our anxieties and quirks. This article is an extract from How to have a wedding as individual as you are” (available on Amazon).

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I paid no attention to the royal wedding earlier this year, I have to admit… but since the big day it’s come to my attention that Harry and Meghan’s cake was different, modern, creative and absolutely delicious-sounding… Lemon & Elderflower. And credit where it’s due – I love that their wedding cake was non-traditional (ie not a fruit cake!) If this sounds good and you’d like to follow in the royal couple’s footsteps with a lemon & elderflower infused wedding cake, you’ll love this recipe sent in by the lovely folks at Dr. Oetker and celebrity baker Juliet Sear!
All images from Dr. Oetker

Equipment

6”, 8”, 10” round cake tins  (you will need to bake 3 layers for each tier, so if you have multiple cake tins this will help you bake your cakes in batches)
Greaseproof paper (base and side line all tins)
Fresh flowers of choice for decoration
Cake Boards – 6”, 8”, 10” thin cake boards and either a 12-14” cake stand to display the cake on
Cake dowel – ideally 8-10 and a knife or scissors
Small crank handle palette knife, medium flat palette knife

Hindu Punjabi wedding blog with Surily G and Ameeran Design, images by Linus Moran Photography (58)
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I would love so much to be a henna artist, wouldn’t you? To design temporary but stunningly beautiful mehandi on skin, to create intricately detailed decoration for a bride on her best day… to have even the tiniest little bit of these guys’ talent… So forgive me for focusing rather a lot on the images of Gaayatri’s beautiful henna art on the morning of her wedding to David.

Hindu Punjabi wedding blog with Surily G and Ameeran Design, images by Linus Moran Photography (1)

There’s more of course: the vibrant florals, stunning Indian dress and fabulous celebrations which go on all day long in today’s Hindu-Punjabi fusion wedding. Gaayatri is so beautiful, in a dress designed by Surily G in Mumbai. The soft pink tones and sparkling details are just out of this world! I hope you all enjoy the pictures which tell the story of David and Gaayatri’s vibrant, fun, joyful Delhi wedding from our friends at Linus Moran Photography.

Hindu Punjabi wedding blog with Surily G and Ameeran Design, images by Linus Moran Photography (20)

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It’s just eight weeks until I’m going to be a bridesmaid for Jean & Marco’s big day – and as I write, I have a potential dress on the way… folks, please keep your fingers crossed that it will fit, suit and flatter me! Eeeek! Being a bridesmaid is all very exciting – it’s my first time and I’m a little nervous – I’ve had bridesmaid dreams, even!! (Don’t ask!)

When Jean asked me it was really, really lovely – she’d bought purses for all of the bridesmaids to use on the day, and inside was a contribution towards a dress – she gave us all the choice of choosing our own dresses in her colour, which is lovely – and I was surprised (and delighted) that she’d included some money towards them.

So when the lovely folks at Oasis got in touch to share their insights about who should pay for bridesmaid dresses, I was keen to read more and find out how you’re all paying for them – and what most of us think ‘should’ be the right way to sort out dresses for our besties. Turns out, the majority of bridesmaids say brides should cover the cost, or “at least contribute” – especially if dresses are pricey!

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Hey lovelies! I can’t believe it’s August already, can you?! I’m excited – it means we’re only 18 days away from Calligraphy Summer School in Manchester and I cannot wait!!

Tickets for this calligraphy workshop are only £35. It’s for absolute beginners, even if you’ve never held a calligraphy pen before. Book a ticket, bring a friend and try your hand at my favourite craft – I’ll show you how and we’ll have you writing beautiful letters in no time!

Calligraphy Summer School is on the afternoon of 18th August at Ziferblat Edge St in Manchester. You can find out more and buy tickets here

There’ll be a chance to buy calligraphy pens, nibs, workbooks, inks and more at the end of the class, so bring along a few spendybuttons (my pop-up shop is cash only)

I’ve also set up a Facebook group for the event, which you’re welcome to join here: www.facebook.com/events/1012988512198724

See you there?! Claire xx

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (1)

My pop-up shop and calligraphy books

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (5)

My face!!! Argh! hehe

Cassandra June wedding stylist bluebell theme ideas, photography by Craig Payne (25)
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One of the best holidays I ever had was in Cornwall a couple of years ago for my birthday. We walked sections of the coastal path through fields of wild bluebells, and I’ll never forget the scent of those beautiful landscapes. We were glamping as well, so this shoot really reminds me of that magical holiday! So wedding photographers: send me bluebells and you win. I adore them. (If you love them too and you’re interested in protecting our native species, check out the Big Bluebell Watch and take part in 2019!) 

This gorgeous bluebell-filled styled wedding shoot is perfect for late spring wedding inspiration. Our lovely friend and English Wedding Directory member Cassandra June sent it to me, so I will let her explain how she brought this timeless look together. Claire xxx

Cassandra June wedding stylist bluebell theme ideas, photography by Craig Payne (20)

All images by Craig Payne

Ye Olde Bell Coaching Inn for a faded beauty wedding style edit with Masha Unwerth (9)
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Today’s wedding style editorial is fabulously creative, with simple touches you can use for your own wedding day without breaking the bank. I adore the super pale florals with innovative accents: a darker succulent peeking out from a bed of delicately toned roses just looks divine! The cake is wonderfully elegant with soft buttercream and a sprig of perfectly placed greenery. The images are by our lovely friend Masha Unwerth, who tells us a little about her ideas for this wedding concept. There’s a full supplier list below, of special interest for any of you lovelies tying the knot in Berkshire. Have the most wonderful day everyone! I’m about to set off on a little Lake District adventure, scouting out a venue for teaching calligraphy workshops! Claire xxx

Ye Olde Bell Coaching Inn for a faded beauty wedding style edit with Masha Unwerth (2)

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I’m a matchmaker. The best definition for what I do is that I introduce you lovely people planning your weddings to the most amazing photographers, suppliers and creatives I know. And I know a LOT of those – the English Wedding Blog has been around since 2009! So by sharing beautiful weddings, asking our featured brides and grooms to share their recommendations on every blog post, and keeping in touch with suppliers all around the UK, I can make sure you’re seeing the very best the English wedding industry has to offer. The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers, and is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, designers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last month or so. Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

Wedding editorial from Wivenhoe House, image credit Ayshea Goldberg Photography (17)
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Wivenhoe House in Essex is a beautiful contradiction of two worlds: historic grandeur and sleek contemporary lines. For wedding guest accommodation it looks stunning; for celebrating your day with loved ones its modern garden room provides chic and elegant styling while the historic house has old English character – ideal for romantic wedding photography.

Wedding editorial from Wivenhoe House, image credit Ayshea Goldberg Photography (1)

Our lovely friend and Essex wedding photographer Ayshea Goldberg spent a beautiful day at Wivenhoe photographing this stunning wedding editorial to share with us.

The contemporary garden room inspired the modern styling of Luca’s Cakes wedding cake – a showstopper if ever I saw one! – while the beautiful gowns, blousy florals and romantic colour palette are timeless and ultra feminine.

Wedding editorial from Wivenhoe House, image credit Ayshea Goldberg Photography (8)

Contact & Bookings: Ayshea Goldberg Photography

AJG-Photography.co.uk
Twitter.com/ajg_photography
Facebook.com/AysheaGoldbergPhotography

See the full supplier list at the end of the feature for more supplier info.

 

 

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Photography – Ayshea Goldberg – www.ajg-photography.co.uk

Venue: Wivenhoe House – https://www.wivenhoehouse.co.uk

Dress: Lacey’s bridal boutique – http://www.laceysbridalboutiqueclacton.co.uk

Cake: Luca’s Cakes – http://www.lucascakes.co.uk

Holly Cade is a Ventnor Botanic Gardens wedding photographer (29)
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Today’s wedding is just stunning – I especially adore the vibrant floral arrangements, and the bride and groom are gorgeous!! Ventnor Botanic Garden is a revelation…what a beautiful location with all those tropical plants… if I was on the Isle of Wight I’d be making a beeline for the place to find out more!

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Erika’s dress is fabulously different and she looks amazing – while Justin is equally gorgeous and beaming with happiness (I wish I could hear his speech – the photos don’t do it justice!) So grab a cuppa and find a comfy chair, enjoy this lovely pair’s fabulous wedding pics, and have the most wonderful Friday everyone!!

Holly Cade is a Ventnor Botanic Gardens wedding photographer (31)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.hollycade.co.uk/

We went to Ventnor botanical garden wedding fair and loved her style and found Holly really friendly and approachable. We booked her then and there.

We really couldn’t have asked for better photos!!! We love all of them. Holly has captured the day so perfectly and no awkward poses, showing family and friends our photos, we have been told many times how amazing the photos are!!!

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The boutique I like to think of as my ‘local’ is Julia Tasker‘s stunning designer wedding dress shop in beautiful Windermere. Julia is a stockist and passionate advocate for Sassi Holford wedding dresses, and through her I have become just as much of a fan. Sassi Holford’s collections always take my breath away, and 2019’s Enchanted Collection is no exception. With Sassi’s signature silhouettes and modern luxury fabrics, this latest launch from one of my absolute favourite designers is as enchanting as it is Enchanted.

Sassi Holford's 2019 wedding dresses on the English Wedding Blog (10)

Sassi Holford’s captivating 2019 Enchanted Collection is inspired by nature and romance and focuses on texture and light.

Designed to reflect the many facets of the Sassi Holford bride, the collection remains true to classic Sassi Holford tradition – celebrating the female form and enhancing the bride’s unique individuality.

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A guest article by Steven at Entertainment Nation

If you’re planning on filling your wedding day with vintage details or you’ve got a passion for music from days gone by, then you’ll love this selection of amazing bands for vintage weddings.

While we’ve combined them all under the vintage umbrella, the vintage wedding band scene is actually thriving with diversity. There are bands out there specialising in every nostalgic niche you can imagine: 1920s speakeasy swing, postmodern pop, Rat Pack crooning, 50s and 60s rock n roll and rockabilly, Latin jazz and more.

Whichever decade inspires your devotion, vintage-themed wedding bands are dedicated to evoking the sights and sounds of their specialist era. Dressed in authentic attire, performing on beautiful period instruments and giving spot-on renditions of retro tunes, vintage-styled wedding bands are the perfect way to bring your vintage wedding theme together.

This all sounds great, but what about if your guests don’t know any 1920s music? There’s no need to fear. Many vintage bands for weddings incorporate modern pop, rock and soul songs into their repertoire, giving them a vintage twist to make songs you’ve heard a thousand times before sound fresh and original again.

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