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Greenery is where it’s at for 2017 weddings. Foliage and textures for a wonderfully organic look make my heart sing. So Phoebe and Wayne’s DIY wedding is perfect to share on the English Wedding Blog, with all its greenery and homemade touches. This gorgeous couple’s day is full of ideas so I am thrilled to be sharing it with you today!

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We chose our venue because of its gorgeous setting in the heart of the south downs. We kept the styling very simple, keeping the focus on the lovely surroundings. We hung white lanterns but not much else. Everything that we could have made ourselves, we did. My husband even made our cake table from an old cable reel. I definitely enjoyed it, I hope he did!

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We look back at our day and are so proud of what we created and couldn’t imagine feeling as much pride and satisfaction if we hadn’t done so much of it ourselves.

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So in our first guide, we spoke about what to look for in a wedding band. We think the second most important aspect when planning your wedding entertainment is the venue. How and why you choose it are the biggies. In this article, we’re only going to stick to topics that we at Seventh Second feel we have enough experience to inform you on. Information on venue catering, seating and decoration won’t be covered for example. However, you will find some very, very important information in this article if you are planning on having any kind of entertainment at your wedding so read on!

Even though this article speaks from years of experience, some of our advice may put you off booking with us but we don’t mind, we are happier knowing you have the information and knowledge to make the right decision for you when it comes to booking a venue suitable for entertainment.

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Today’s wedding style inspiration is for the girl with nature in her heart. The images speak of romance, delicately pretty wedding styling with creative, artistic touches. I adore the beautiful heirloom engagement ring, and it’s always wonderful to see pretty calligraphy featuring in a wedding style blog.

Wedding inspiration from nature with a secret garden inspo feature on the English Wedding Blog (19)

Images and words by lovely Liz Baker Photography, who you can discover more from here:

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Wedding inspiration from nature with a secret garden inspo feature on the English Wedding Blog (4)

“A beautiful lace and tulle vintage wedding gown, a rustic pergola, old granite walls, rambling foliage, a smattering of Shakespeare…. The scene was set for our bride to gather flowers in this Secret Garden.

Wedding inspiration from nature with a secret garden inspo feature on the English Wedding Blog (17)

There is great beauty in simplicity and in nature, and that’s what I aimed to capture with this inspirational shoot. I chose to shoot predominantly on film to demonstrate how rich and luminous the skin tones are through this medium. There are also so many stunning vintage dresses out there, from the chic 1950s right up to the ’90s, so I wanted to showcase one of them.”

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After you’ve got the engagement ring on your finger, celebrated, set the date, and booked the church or Registry Office, the next service that you need to research is your photographer!

Unlike most other wedding services, major wedding venues and the photographer are the only ones that can only do one wedding PER DAY – So, if you have someone in mind, you need to check that they have your date available and book it in as soon as possible.

Cotswolds wedding photography by Oobaloos on the English Wedding Blog (41)

In the past, I have felt extremely honoured to have had some of my couples book their wedding date around my availability. If that doesn’t give me warm and fuzzy feelings, I don’t know what else will! I asked one of these brides, who is also now a fledging photographer and a good friend of mine – why? Why would you book your date around me?

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Winter weddings can be delicately frosty, with palest pastels and sparkle. Or you can bring warmth to your wedding style with vibrant, rich florals and a bold colour palette. Either way, opting for an alternative twist to the style of your wedding is a winner!!

Wild Berries and Beams for winter wedding inspo with Vintage Party Arrangements (7)

London based styling company Vintage Party Arrangements aims to reinterpret tradition in new and exciting ways and founder Dani believes that event design should provide a dynamic cultural experience for everyone to enjoy.

Wild Berries and Beams for winter wedding inspo with Vintage Party Arrangements (28)

“The shoot was organised by Ana Gely A – Photography  and features a winter wedding that is far from the ordinary. “For styling inspiration we tapped into the unique features of the venue where we did the shoot. The Great Barn at Headstone Manor & Museum is a two part estate featuring a manor house museum currently under restoration and a beautiful barn which is used for weddings. The place is steep in history and local traditions. It has recently been reopened to the public and we were lucky to be the first to ever do a photo shoot there.

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I adore this wedding. Bolton Abbey is amazing – what a superb location for gorgeous, memorable wedding photos, don’t you think?! Today’s gorgeous bride Vicky’s couture dress is stunning; I love Howard’s outfit, they just look perfect together. And the festoon lighting and sparklers… absolutely incredible. LOVE it all!!!

A romantic teepee wedding in Yorkshire with portraits at Bolton Abbey (9)

I chose my dress which was from Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett as I loved her lace detail. I didn’t find a specific dress that had all the elements I wanted but the Lyn Ashworth collection gives you the option to pick one element from one dress and add it to another dress which was perfect. I put all my favorite elements together and made a bespoke dress that I absolutely loved and felt amazing in.

A romantic teepee wedding in Yorkshire with portraits at Bolton Abbey (11)

Our reception venue was tepees in the grounds of the bride’s parents house. We personally decorated the tepees with bunting and paper lanterns and also added fairy lighting and festoon lighting, disco ball, a rustic gift table, love sign and photograph wall of the hen and stag dos.

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As a girl with a freely admitted paper fetish, I do love to see a shoot where deliciously designed stationery takes centre stage. (And because I’m totally skill-less with flower arranging, I adore it when beautifully styled flowers share the limelight!) So today’s bright, springtime wedding style inspiration is just so lovely to share with you. I hope it brightens your heart and your day as much as it does mine!

Bright ideas for a spring wedding with whimsical stationery by Dearly Beloved (23)

Words: Dearly Beloved | Images: Grace Elizabeth Photography and UpArt Photography.

Bright ideas for a spring wedding with whimsical stationery by Dearly Beloved (20)

Bright ideas for a spring wedding with whimsical stationery by Dearly Beloved (2)

Devon wedding suppliers have come together to share Spring wedding inspiration in this modern wedding styled photo shoot, created especially for couples looking for an alternative way to tie the knot.

Focused on the finer details of your wedding celebration, including illustrated invitations, a rustic bouquet and hand painted wedding cake; these wonderful suppliers joined forces to create vibrant wedding styling featuring sweet pastels and modern rose gold tones – perfect for the modern couple!

Bright ideas for a spring wedding with whimsical stationery by Dearly Beloved (21)

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Jess and John’s day was rainy – it didn’t stop; and it didn’t matter. They chose a magnificent venue in Wentworth Woodhouse, and the images of their day are as stunning as can be. The focus was on friends and family, celebration and love. This is a classic English wedding, a reminder that simplicity and elegance can create a truly beautiful day.

Glamour and elegance for a classic English wedding at Wentworth (28)

“Something I found was that it’s the little touches that make a wedding completely personal and special to you. We had old photos of us around the venue, a personalised cake topper, I put a basket in the ladies toilet with essentials in and provided flip flops for anyone with tired feet. A lot of these ideas were from Pinterest or I took as inspiration from other peoples weddings.

Laura at Flourish, Sheffield, arranged my wedding flowers. She was amazing, working to my budget which constantly changed! I was so pleased with the flowers on the day. They made such a huge difference to the venue and were great thank you gifts too!

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I LOVE this wedding – Amy and Dan had the best homemade table plan I’ve ever seen! I adore the idea of a spot of wild swimming (crazy!) and all the flowers, personal touches with stationery… and Amy’s dress is just wonderful. This is beautiful, country charm at its very best and I hope you fall in love with their day as much as I have!

Fabulous crafting marquee wedding with Emma Stoner Photography (32)

The ideas here will inspire creative brides and grooms – and the beautiful images will make your eyes ever so happy. Amy is a breathtaking bride, Dan her perfect match. Their day is one which speaks to my heart with personal touches, individuality and romance.

Fabulous crafting marquee wedding with Emma Stoner Photography (37)

Fabulous crafting marquee wedding with Emma Stoner Photography (36)

Images are by lovely Devon wedding photographer Emma Stoner. Emma’s photography tells the story of this gorgeous couple’s day so beautifully – you can discover more from her here:

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Instagram.com/missestonerpics
Facebook.com/pages/Emma-Stoner-Photography/212608898826781

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Settling down with a clear desk, a glass of wine and a proper, old-school calligraphy pen and pot of ink is what makes me happiest of all. Seeing the pen bend and flow with the writing on the page, watching simple words turn into something beautiful

Styling Louise Beukes calligraphy by Claire Gould (3)
I’d love to invite you to try your hand at modern calligraphy with me. My workshops last year were amazing – I met some wonderful brides-to-be and wedding creatives, and I am very much looking forward to the modern calligraphy workshops we have planned for 2017. Would you like to come along?

You can book online at www.byMoonandTide.com – choose the workshop date which suits you best, and bring a friend, or your mum or other half… the more the merrier! My workshops do sell out quickly, so don’t leave it too late!

Styling Louise Beukes calligraphy by Claire Gould (1)

Click here to book!

Modern calligraphy workshop dates for 2017 are:

Friday 28th April
Friday 23rd June
Friday 25th August
Friday 6th October
Friday 24th November

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Gorgeous bride Natalie and her husband Raja were married in the Houses of Parliament in June, their reception was in the gardens of the historic and very romantic Chiswick House. This is a very stylish city wedding that had big wows. Natalie walked down the aisle to the chimes of Big Ben turning 12pm, totally magical. They beat the usual bus tours and had all the guests hop on a boat which went down the River Thames past all the big sights of London then on to the reception.

Beautiful London wedding photography by Jas Lehal at Westminster (20)

I tried on several dresses and doubted ever experiencing the feeling of finding the ‘one’. Claire Pettibone‘s Viola was a unique and beautiful design which I hadn’t seen anywhere else before. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was perfect and though I had other appointments booked, no other dresses compared.

Beautiful London wedding photography by Jas Lehal at Westminster (19)

My flowers were provided by Wild about Flowers. My bouquet was made up of burgundy dendrobiums, burgundy peonies and magnolia spray roses. The bridesmaids all had a beautiful simple bouquet of cream peonies and the two flower girls carried flower wands.

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2017 brides get to surround themselves with the most lush flowers imaginable – and the trend for exciting, statement flora is growing in momentum. “Flora”? Like, Latin? Yes – because I mean everything that’s gorgeous and green in nature – bouquets and arrangements are so much more than bunches of flowers. Today’s inspiration showcases the most stunning blooms and tendrils of leaf and stem; succulents, ferns, varieties of everything like we’ve never seen before.

This inspiration is more than just flowers of course. It’s full of wedding ideas for the botanicals-loving bride: with stationery attuned to this key theme (by the fabulous Gooseberry Moon) and amazing styling by Nina Marika (whose name is just one of those you’ll find in our fabulous new supplier directory).

Bridal make up by lovely Aimee Chorley and divine hair by Daniel Gray make this one of the prettiest bridal shoots I’ve seen so far  this year, and I really hope you love it too! Images are by the always-fabulous Tiree Dawson, and there’s a full supplier list for you below.

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