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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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Happy weekend, lovelies! It’s been a mega busy (birthday!*) week here at English Wedding Blog HQ – I’m celebrating summer and our new shop opening and dashing around like the busy bee I am! Oh, and there’s just one more day for wedding suppliers to apply for my birthday sponsorship offer here.

*I’m somethingty-something. Going on seven. 🙂

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Today’s styled shoot is pretty, feminine, summery bliss with unstructured floral loveliness, delicious decorative hoops (I love these!) and the prettiest brides in flowy, ethereal and wearable dresses. It’s a real treat for my birthday week and I hope you love it!

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The pretty images are by lovely photographers Rebecca at Farries Photography and Sophie Oldhamstead who spent the day at Maiden’s Barn capturing this gorgeous styled shoot.

I’m so in love with the bouquets from Olivia’s Roses – and the floral theme carries on with beautiful accessories by the very talented Charlotte Rose.

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I am totally biased – May is my favourite month of the year because it’s my birthday month. I love everything about this time of year: the sudden heatwave we always seem to get before June arrives; the long evenings outside with friends; the fabulous colour of spring flowers… and top of my list, bluebells.

Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (24)

These beautiful flowers are an annual favourite. For my birthday last year we were in Cornwall, exploring coastal paths where the sight and fragrance of thousands of bluebells was unforgettably breathtaking. And so this shoot takes me right back to those magical paths and adventures.

Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (3)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (20)

The bride and groom are a real couple; Emilie and Darren had a shoot with lovely photographer Andrea Kuehnis after their wedding. I think it’s a wonderful way to get a beautiful collection of couple images without all the pressure of wedding guests waiting for you to get back to the festivities!

Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (19)

All images are by Andrea Kuehnis Photography; a full supplier list is below.

Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (25)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (26)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (27)
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Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (2)
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Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (5)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (6)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (7)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (8)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (9)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (10)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (11)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (12)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (13)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (14)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (15)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (16)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (17)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (18)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (21)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (22)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (23)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (28)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (29)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (30)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (31)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (32)
Love and bluebells - a dreamy springtime wedding shoot in Cornwall with Andrea Kuehnis Photography (33)

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elegant calligraphy wedding invitations from the UK in the English Wedding Shop (4)

If you would like to find wedding invitations with simple, elegant design which are perfectly on trend for 2017 – I like to think I have the answer.

These beautifully simple calligraphy invitations from By Moon & Tide are based on a handwritten original master copy, created especially for you.

They’re also wonderfully affordable and you can buy them now in the English Wedding Blog Shop!

 

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Heirloom is a stunning designer monogram wedding invitation with beautiful modern lettering and your names in handwritten calligraphy. Headed with your personalised monogram in a modern and organic calligraphy style, this relaxed and ultra chic invite will really impress your guests.

From £2.55

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Laurel is a chic and simple calligraphy wedding invitation featuring a hand drawn wreath with your names in pretty calligraphy. We love it and hope you do too!

From £2.25

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elegant calligraphy wedding invitations from the UK in the English Wedding Shop (7)

Visit the shop to see invitations, wedding decor and accessories at Shop.English-Wedding.com

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I feel as though I’ve been on a journey with gypsophila – baby’s breath – over the years. In the early days of the English Wedding Blog it was a little-known bridal flower. Then with the vintage trend and especially with more DIY and budget weddings, it became the go-to flower for styled shoots and a perfect complement to the jam jars, hessian and lace look. And then, it plummeted from favour right along with chair covers and sugared almonds!! 

All images are by Ayshea Goldberg Photography – full supplier credit list and link to the original feature (which is fabulous!) at the end of the post

One leading wedding florist who I discovered on Instagram a few weeks ago hates gypsophila so much he’d like to ban it from weddings! (Does anyone know who this guy is?! I’ve lost the link to his account and his opinions made for a great read!) Now, this comes across as a little extreme. I asked my wedding supplier friends if they agreed with him: is gypsophila totally over as a wedding flower, or is it something we can reinvent and fall back in love with for 2017? 

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I’m officially another year older, and feeling on top of the world… yesterday was my birthday and I took a day off to disappear into nature for some lovely Lake District adventures with fabulous food, pampering and exploring. It was fab!!! So today I’m feeling the love and would like to share a special offer with all of you wedding suppliers out there!

Join the English Wedding Directory and save £10 this week (offer ends on Sunday)

The English Wedding Directory is thriving. I’m so pleased to be able to use the blog to matchmake brides and grooms with all of my fave wedding suppliers. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve welcomed more photographers to the blog – I’ve introduced them all on our Facebook page, but if any of you missed those updates they’re here. Do check them out – they’re great people and true talents which make me so proud of our UK wedding industry!

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Fabulous floral wedding style ideas at Findon Manor, with Maria D'Souza Photography (3)

Images by Maria D’Souza Photography | Words and wedding styling by Lily & Lavender Events

Fabulous floral wedding style ideas at Findon Manor, with Maria D'Souza Photography (2)

Findon Manor Hotel is one of those venues that instantly hugs you as you walk in!  It’s full of Old English charm – original wood floors adorn all its intimate and elegant rooms and there is a roaring open fire that welcomes you in the front reception room.  It was love at first sight for me so when they invited me to do a styled shoot there I jumped at the chance.

It was easy to go for a Wild English Rose inspiration when it came to picking a theme – I imagined bursts of colour, wild, pretty countryside florals, quintessentially English details, mixed with gold and jewel tones for that luxe and stylish (and unstuffy) look.

Fabulous floral wedding style ideas at Findon Manor, with Maria D'Souza Photography (29)

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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