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Double Locks wedding blog with Lee Maxwell Photography on English Wedding (16)
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Morning lovelies! How was your weekend? We’re all Christmassed-up at English Wedding HQ and ready to party from right now!!! But first… of course we have some fabulous weddings and ideas to share with you this week. We’re starting with gorgeous bride and groom Rosie and Dom, who were married in September at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

Double Locks wedding blog with Lee Maxwell Photography on English Wedding (9)

Photographer Lee Maxwell got in touch – shooting Rosie and Dom’s wedding made him the first ever wedding photographer at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum to capture a wedding ceremony. The wedding reception was at Double Locks – a wonderful venue for a relaxed wedding reception. The spirit of this gorgeous wedding really comes across in the photos, which I hope you’ll love as much as I do!

 

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We made all our own decorations and it was worth it, but it required lots of planning and preparation and we still ended up spending a bit on things we didn’t need in the end. Although we’re not particularly creative people and we gave ourselves lots to do, it was manageable because we knew our limits and didn’t try anything too ambitious. But until we’d actually finished I was definitely worried it wouldn’t look right!

Gorgeous wedding details and moments to treasure, captured by Emily Black Photography (24)
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Sometimes I save up my very favourite weddings for the weekend, so we can all spend a little longer browsing through all the gorgeous images and Pinning every stunning detail and idea. Today is one of those days… beautiful Farhaa and Ferd celebrated in style with a fabulously styled and gloriously photographed wedding at Ariana Gardens in Essex. Their photographer was the wonderfully talented Emily Black Photography, who is based in Hampshire. Grab a cuppa, get comfy and enjoy this beautiful Indian wedding with me…. and oh, wouldn’t a slice of this breathtaking cake be perfect right now?!

Gorgeous wedding details and moments to treasure, captured by Emily Black Photography (14)

We chose a marble themed cake with a special topper saying “And so the adventure begins” as we are both quite adventurous it suited our personalities.

We had a stage area with a flower backdrop and two big cherry blossom trees on each side. We went for a floral theme and loved the idea of cherry blossoms. The venue had a tree growing inside and added that extra décor.

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I cried happy tears when I watched this… wedding vows from the heart and the most romantic mix of giggles and love from beautiful bride Amy and her gorgeous husband Paul. They married at Ashes Barn and made the most of a fabulous summer’s day with outdoor games and a barber shop quartet singing outside the venue! Enjoy the highlights film by Bic Picture Weddings – oh, but do have a tissue handy right from the start!

 

Wedding video by Big Picture Weddings

Their Photographer was Sarah Williams

The Barber Shop Quartet were Afternoon Delights

Their wedding cake was by Laura Jane Cakes

Hair was done by Roote 66

Their make up was done by Helen Pearson

Their Vintage Bus was by Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company

Sunflower wedding style inspiration with Hannah K Photography (3)
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I love the bright colours and the sunflowers in today’s wedding – it’s the perfect little blast of sunshine to brighten up our screens and our smiles when the weather outside is… oh let’s just not look!!! Join me in gazing happily at the gorgeous pics from gorgeous Hannah and Nathanael’s pretty sunflower wedding – it’s glorious!

All the images are by lovely Coventry wedding photographer Hannah K. Photography. Aren’t they fabulous?

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Our experience was that weddings are as expensive as you make them to be. We were keen to save money and so got loads of our friends and family involved with everything! Our maid of honour’s mum made our wedding cake, Hannah rented her wedding dress, our friends designed all the stationery and so much more! It was a great way not only to save money, but also to involve people in our process and to make them feel a part of it.

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The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, cake designers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

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If you have a wedding business and you’d like to join the English Wedding Directory for £50 a year, just email me 3 light and contemporary images at 900px square, and links to your website and social media. Stats n stuff are here for your info. Suppliers whose look we LOVE will be accepted!

Upchurch apple orchard Kent wedding with Charlene Webb on English-Wedding.com (29)
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Autumn conjures up beautiful images of golden leaves, crisp and frosty mornings… but rarely apples. I think it’s time we changed that – as today’s real wedding has the most stunning shots from an apple orchard! Jessie and Brady are gorgeous; their day shows just how beautiful an autumn wedding can be – and the stunning pics by Charlene Webb Photography are a dream to scroll through!

Upchurch apple orchard Kent wedding with Charlene Webb on English-Wedding.com (34)

Jessie and Bradys wedding at the beginning of September at the beautiful The BarnYard in Upchurch. The ceremony took place outside, with the rolling hills and apple orchards behind. The reception took place in the marquee wedding dressed in dusky pink and fresh flowers. When I took the couple of for their photos I was in awe of the love you could see between them. We were blessed with amazing light streaming between the apple orchard and I think we got some great shots. The couple had secret singers which had everyone up on their feet.

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (6)
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Hey lovelies! If you’re in Manchester this Friday come and join me…

We’re getting our glitter ON this Friday in Manchester – with only 3 days to go until my Festive Modern Calligraphy Workshop the last few tickets are just £55!

This promises to be a lovely, relaxing and fun calligraphy workshop and I’m really looking forward to it! Calligraphy kits for everyone will include some special goodies we’ve never used before – and I’ll show you how to make your very own calligraphy Christmas tree (it’s easier than it looks, I promise!)

You get to take home your calligraphy pen and nib, all the worksheets from the class, and some festive goodies… bauble gift tags, personalised cloche baubles which you will MAKE, and your very own, very special Christmas card!

Come and join us – last-minute tickets do tend to sell quickly and we have just four left!!

Calligraphy workshop tickets & info here

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (2)

Photos by lovely Zehra Jagani (starring Rima!)

Pink flower wedding ideas and cute wedding dogs on English-Wedding.com with Robin Goodlad Photography (9)
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It’s more than wonderful to see a gorgeous bridal bouquet given the attention it deserves – and Dorset photographer Robin Goodlad captures this beauty like a pro! Beautiful Martine and Nick’s wedding day is full of visual treats, glamorous styling and thoughtful details – Martine is stunning and Nick looks gorgeous – but these two little faces almost steal the show… aren’t they ADORABLE?!! 

Pink flower wedding ideas and cute wedding dogs on English-Wedding.com with Robin Goodlad Photography (33)

Martine is SUCH a beautiful bride, and chose a lace dress with a gorgeous and delicate neckline – the beading and detail of the dress is just stunning. A simple pearl pendant and softly curled undo completed her bridal style. The flowers are divine, with roses and peonies, mint and ferns – and floral styling around the venue with more roses, rosemary and plenty of foliage for a modern and textured look.

Pink flower wedding ideas and cute wedding dogs on English-Wedding.com with Robin Goodlad Photography (37)

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The green and pleasant hills of North West England are idyllic for tying the knot! Its countryside and scattered villages are sprinkled with magic and folklore, and you’ll find historic cities home to unmistakable architecture and stunning wedding venues both traditional and modern – unrivalled romance in every corner!

But the North West isn’t just the home of awe-inspiring architecture; rich in history and culture, the region is renowned for its musical legacy, inspiring momentous bands from The Smiths to The Stone Roses, Take That to Oasis and, of course, The Beatles. The region’s thriving wedding scene is similarly bursting with creativity. Choose from an abundance of sensational live wedding bands and masterful musicians in myriad styles – pop bands, soul bands, folk bands, string quartets and rock ‘n’ roll bands to name a few – to add sensational live music to your special day.

Naturally, Manchester and Liverpool are the live entertainment hubs in the North West, but you’ll find live wedding entertainers distributed all across the region, in Cheshire, Cumbria and the Lake District, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. While you might be tempted by bands from farther afield, consider the benefits of hiring local:

Beach boho wedding styling ideas from the UK, image credit Katie Mortimore (29)
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Last month it was announced that the laws governing where folks get married in England and Wales might change – and it’s about time, we think! We dream of windswept elopements on sea cliffs, of secret woodland glades for our tipis and festoon-lit wedding celebrations… and of creating and speaking our own vows which don’t include legal jargon or a single religion if we don’t want them to! We’ll be watching the development of that little story carefully here at English Wedding HQ.

Today’s wedding inspiration shoot fits perfectly into the free-spirited, beautiful boho vibe… it’s from wedding photographer www.katiemortimore.com who worked with a lovely creative team to put together a stunning backdrop for a natural or humanist wedding by the beach. With a beautiful dress by Lisa the Dressmaker, flowers from Bellafiori and props / styling by Wonderlands, who provided the props (we LOVE!!!) and gorgeous stationery from Ananya Cards.

Beach boho wedding styling ideas from the UK, image credit Katie Mortimore (2)

Relaxed styling for a summer wedding near Cambridge with Rose Images Wedding Photography (6)
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Happy Friday everyone! Before I share today’s wedding I have a special offer for anyone who can make it to Manchester next Friday (7th December) – there are a handful of places left at my modern calligraphy workshop and you can SAVE 10% if you book your places today! It’s a festive calligraphy class so lots of fun… it’s for absolute beginners and BRILLIANT for anyone with wedding place names to write or invites to send in 2019! Book your places in my Etsy shop if you’d like to come along!

So today’s wedding… it’s just gorgeous, with so many elegant DIY styling touches. Jen & Mick got married on 28th July 2018 at the Granary Estates in Woodditton. Jen was a really chilled bride and the wedding was really relaxed and full of smiles all day. Jen’s Jenny Packham dress suits her perfectly – she’s absolutely stunning, don’t you think? And Mick looks fabulous in a Ted Baker suit with a coral and ivory buttonhole to match Jen’s gorgeous bouquet! Images are by lovely Sally at Rose Images, and the venue is The Granary Estates. Flowers are by Clare Jones Floral Design.

Lego and scrabble themed DIY wedding with Ayelle Photography on English-Wedding.com (36)
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Hey lovelies! I hope you’re staying safe and cosy in this blustery weather! Today’s wedding is the perfect distraction from the wind and rain – Mimi and Jacob married on the 5th of January and incorporated so many cool ideas into their totally gorgeous and unique DIY wedding. The boys are all rocking a tux and dickie bow (and loving the James Bond look!); Mimi is absolutely stunning in a beautiful lace dress and veil. The details though… and the care and creativity these guys put into making their wedding a true reflection of their personalities is amazing!

Lego and scrabble themed DIY wedding with Ayelle Photography on English-Wedding.com (20)

Dodmoor house is beautiful without any extra decoration, but there’s also so much room to make it your own and add your own personality to the place. I always wanted a barn-style wedding and Dodmoor house ticked that box. But Jacob and I also enjoy lots of quirky things and different hobbies, which we were able to show in our table decorations. Each table fitted a different theme – games and superheroes (for Jacob), animals & crafts (for me) and a lego top table with matching wedding cake, as we both enjoy building lego together. This was all the handiwork of my very talented sister (and maid of honor), who handmade all the decorations including a differently themed tree centerpiece for each table, lego figurines of each member of the wedding party, placemats, and bunting.

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  • If any of you lovelies are near Brentwood, Essex this weekend you can meet our lovely friends from @amandakarenphotography at the @huttonhall wedding show on Sunday. (hosted by @maineventweddingshows )

Thewedding show runs from 11am – 3pm with free entry and a goody bag for all couples getting married!

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  • Beautiful bridal style inspo with a French twist, at Hale Park in Hampshire. We adore this look! With  @charlottewisephotography @francesmooremua @jodi_jms_hair_design @donnacrainsurrey @johicksflowers @hannahelizabethbridal @haleparkweddings  @lapetitbox @tara_keely @rachelsimpsonshoes @justasdelicious @peony.and.rose @thegentlesisters  model @jessjohansencurve #hampshire #smile #happybride #newforest #weddingmakeup #wedding #francesmooremua  #newforestwedding #bride  #vintage #halepark #weddingblog #pursuepretty #thatsdarling #valentinesday
  • Happy Valentine's Day! Happiness is what it's all about... and today's blog is a smiley, joyful place to be. Join us at 12 on English-Wedding.com for the full shoot! With  @charlottewisephotography @francesmooremua @jodi_jms_hair_design @donnacrainsurrey @johicksflowers @hannahelizabethbridal @haleparkweddings  @lapetitbox @tara_keely @rachelsimpsonshoes @justasdelicious @peony.and.rose @thegentlesisters  model @jessjohansencurve #hampshire #smile #happybride #newforest #weddingmakeup #wedding #francesmooremua  #newforestwedding #bride  #vintage #halepark #weddingblog #pursuepretty #thatsdarling #valentinesday
  • It just doesn't get any cuter. 🥰 @emilyblack.photography at @devonporthouse with the most adorable flower girls EVER!! Top tip from gorgeous bride Debbie - buy your aisle runner rather than renting. That way you're allowed to use it inside or out, you can drop petals on it, and have fun practising on it with all your little flower girls the day before!! #aislerunner #londonweddingphotographer #londonbride #englishweddingblog #loveintentionally #makeadventure#visualcoop#loveauthentic #intimatewedding#elopementphotographer#helloelopement #elopmentweddings #junebugs #wanderingweddings #theknot #loveislove #photobugcommunity #loveandwildhearts #londonwedding #londonweddingvenue
  • So in love with these beautiful skinny rings by talented @nikkistarkjewellery ❤️ aren't they just the sweetest? 
We'll be welcoming Nikki and introducing you properly on the blog in the coming weeks... but for now, do pop over to her insta for a follow, and go see her stunning collections of wedding rings, skinny bands and sets in gold, rose gold and silver. So very pretty 🥰

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  • How to Propose on Valentine’s Day 💍 we got you covered!! A brilliant read from our friends at @durhamroseuk #valentinesday2019 #engaged #proposal #howtopropose #shestheone #surpriseproposal #engagementring #engagement #bespokering #letsgetmarried #weddingplanning #gettingengaged #willyoumarryme #engagementring #jewelry #isaidyes #ringselfie #propose  #thehappynow #showmeyourrings #dreamscometrue #rings #iloveit #savethedate
  • Grab a cuppa - we've 3 gorgeous wedding films to share on the blog today. Sunshine, love and celebrations - what more could you want?!! @oneforeverfilms you absolute gem! 😍❤️ we are SO in love with these!! #destinationwedding #bride #groom #destinationweddingvideographer #videographer #englishweddingblog
  • Stunning and unique bridal accessories on the blog today - from @clarelloydaccessories Lumiere collection with images from a stunning photoshoot - 
Photography by @bowtieandbellephotography 
Styling and concept @katecullenstyle 
Hair and makeup @charlottetillyerhmua 
Dresses @naomineoh 
Shoes @emmylondonofficial Model @miamokk for @gingersnapmodels Calligraphy @lauraelizabethpatrick venue Goldney Hall Orangery

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

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