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So how’s that first day back at work going?! For me it’s a good one – I’ve packed and posted seven calligraphy orders already, my desk is almost clear – and I only have 70 or so emails in my inbox to reply to! [wedding photographers and suppliers – Our tier 1 & 2 advertising packages are HALF PRICE in January if you’re looking to get noticed on here! Click for more info]… My cat is snuggled up in his bowl next to me; it’s blowing a hoolie outside and I’m nice and warm in my little studio! Oh, and before I forget (haha)… I have the LOVELIEST real wedding to kick off our 2020!

Newlyweds Emily and Paul tied the knot at Dewsall Court in June. Their day is beautifully rustic and relaxed, with an edge of glamour and a wonderful sprinkling of summertime! Emily is stunning; Paul her perfect match, and you can see the love just shines from these two! Most of all I love this wedding because it’s REAL. The happy couple had friends and family help out with styling their day – the cake was made by a friend, and the couple made their own table plan (which is pretty damn awesome!) – and this blog is ALL about real, achievable and inspiring weddings!

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After the months of planning, the spreadsheets, the budgeting and saving and arrangements to be made, when you finally have time to kick off your Jimmy Choos and snuggle up together at home, clinking wedding rings, how does it really feel? What is that ‘just married‘ glow actually like? Is it different? Does everything change? We asked English Wedding couples to tell us, in their expert opinions, the BEST thing about being married. The answers range from stuff about pom-poms to fuzzy feelings, best friends and new adventures. Grab a tissue – these amazing couples brought a tear to my eye more than once!

Header image credit: MIKI Studios

Real wedding at Chateau Impney classic glamorous style, Nicholas Rogers Photography (44)

1. Even though you just go back to normal life together, everything just feels that bit more special knowing that you’ve made the promise to be life partners forever. ~ Serena & Michael // Photographer credit https://www.njr-photography.co.uk

Festival vibes and a gorgeous Devon wedding at Colehayes Park, photo credit Howell Jones Photography (41)

2. For me being married is the icing on the cake of our relationship. It makes you feel extra warm and fuzzy. And I absolutely love calling my husband my HUSBAND! 🙂 ~ Amy & Chris // Photographer credit https://howelljonesphotography.co.uk

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Wedding planning is a journey: one you should take together, and with open minds and hearts, supporting each other the whole way. You will learn heaps of stuff, not just about weddings but about yourselves, your friends and family and the things you love and loathe! It’s really important to maintain a sense of perspective: make time for yourselves and don’t let your wedding rule your lives! But my advice is like fluff in the wind compared to these nuggets of newlywed wisdom from real English Wedding couples. We’re loving the wall of post-it notes, the ‘don’t wing your speech’ tip, and the lessons learned* from things inevitably going a little wrong on the day!

*stay calm, have a giggle. Borrow a ring and just wait for your bus full of guests to come back for you. They’ll realise you’re not there eventually…

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Gorgeous mixed summer florals for a romantic countryside wedding near Huddersfield, with Photography by Kathryn (3)
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It’s been wonderful revisiting some of the beautiful weddings we featured on English Wedding through 2019 – I hope you’ve enjoyed them too! Today’s is an absolute BEAUTY!! The flowers are out of this world, nestling amongst glass jars and candles to create a wonderfully romantic, English country garden look from daytime to dusk.

Gorgeous mixed summer florals for a romantic countryside wedding near Huddersfield, with Photography by Kathryn (35)Steph and Rob are a gorgeous pair. She’s glorious in Anna Sorrano’s Laurel gown from Wed2B, and he’s so handsome in a micro check navy suit from ASOS. The best thing? These guys are real – two brilliantly happy human beings, just like you and me, beaming with happiness and enjoying their Best. Day. Ever. – and you can just tell they’re SO much in love the photos are a kind of magic.

All photographs are by our lovely friend Kathryn at Photography by Kathryn, who gets a glowing review from the happy couple! Do check out their full wedding feature from back in April to see all the images and read their English Wedding Interview!

Gorgeous mixed summer florals for a romantic countryside wedding near Huddersfield, with Photography by Kathryn (29)

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Header image: Oobaloos Photography (wedding coming soon!)

Happy New Year everyone! We’ve had a wonderful Christmas – but perhaps yours was the best and most exciting EVER?! For all you lovely people who put a ring on it this Christmas, HUGE congratulations! Welcome to the crazy world of weddings!! You’re about to dive into a Pinterest-fuelled, instagram-filled year of weddingy loveliness, swooning over everything from crazy flowers you’ve never heard of to mind-blowing cake design you never even dreamed could be real! And of course – wedding blogs. We’re the FREE version of wedding magazines. Sure, it’s nice to grab a few printed copies of wedding mags from the shops when you first put that engagement ring on your finger – but trust me, wedding blogs are the BEST source of inspiration and ideas for your day. And you don’t have to pay a penny to read them!

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Don’t wear a wedding dress. ~ controversial advice maybe, but one of my favourite bits of advice from one of the very best couples we’ve featured on English Wedding in the last year. I love Anna & Ollie because they were brave enough to challenge the normal ‘rules’ of weddings. And rule #1 – if you’re to believe the wedding media – is that you have to wear a wedding dress!

Rules are there to be broken, and Anna and Ollie had the most fabulous wedding. Anna’s interview is pure brilliance, and the gorgeous set of photos by Annelie Eddy Photography absolutely inspires me. Scroll through the fabulous photographs by our friend and English Wedding member below, and you’ll find Anna’s interview after the pics. Keep reading right until the very last question!!

Anna and Ollie’s wedding is perfectly THEM: individual, stylish and relaxed. They had 3 venues throughout the day, taking their party from registry office to foodie heaven to party venue. Venue styling simply wasn’t required: instead the focus was on celebrating their love and entertaining their guests! Likewise, Anna avoided bridal boutiques and found her incredible dress on The Outnet. She looks more than amazing – and  blissfully happy, confident and beautiful! 

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A very wise bride once said wedding planning isn’t about saving money, it’s about spending it wisely! And in life as well as weddings, I’m a huge advocate of less is more: choose quality over quantity, and whether that means focusing your styling touches on one aspect or one area, or just making your wedding the party of a lifetime, that focus will help you through! Save where you can, but remember you get what you pay for – and sometimes it’s important to spend a little more for a quality supplier, a brilliant photographer or an exceptional wedding planner. But what do I know, right? Our wonderful English Wedding couples are back with some brilliant tips to help you spend your wedding budget wisely, based on their own experiences (and a hefty dollop of hindsight!)

Header image credit – Hensol Castle wedding photographer Martin Dabek

Burley Manor for a stunning wedding full of foliage and botanical theme with Robin Goodlad Photography Dorset (23)
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From creative DIY and passing it forward, 22 of the gorgeous couples featured on the English Wedding Blog over the past 12 months share their top tips to help YOU budget for your wedding. There’s always the simple stuff like not buying coffee or lunch at work, putting £2 coins in a money box and having a clean break from your fave takeaway, but our couples share their top tips – based on recent experience! – to help you SAVE when planning your wedding.

I bloody love 5. (for truly unique weddings!) – I’m not sure about 9. (although I love that it’s quite thought-provoking!) Whatever your wedding style, I hope you find some of these tips super helpful as you plan your wedding!

Header image credit: Robin Goodlad Photography

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As we come to the end of Christmas week, I’m loving the chance to revisit some of our favourite features from 2019. Lizzie & Faz’s wedding was an absolute highlight for me: their story is magical (and their double-act filling in our English Wedding interview makes me HAPPY!) their wedding is glorious and I just ADORE the beautiful golden hour photographs by wonderful Grace Elizabeth. Here are my highlights from their wedding at Fennes. To see the full feature, click here: Lizzie & Faz’s wedding

Beautiful images of Lizzie and Faz's fusion wedding at Fennes. Image credit Grace Elizabeth (53)

“Our wedding was relaxed and inclusive: a fusion with Pakistani and English elements. Our colour palette was green and gold; we wanted a natural greenery feel and something that would blend with the Asian wedding vibe for the second ceremony too.

We went with ‘Dress it Yourself‘ for almost all of our decor and they were incredible for helping us to plan out our vision for the wedding! They do a diy service or they will also do set up which is what we went for. We went to their workshop and met with them to design the plans, they helped us so much to clarify everything and to make sure we were really focused on what we wanted.”

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I lose count of the weddings we’ve featured over the year… but I remember something of every single one. A little detail, an image that captures something unique and beautiful, a moment that stops me in my tracks as I scroll. I secretly tag my favourites as we publish them through the year, and save them up to revisit at Christmas time! So over the coming days I will be sharing my favourites from every wedding we featured in 2019.

Weddings have made the list for all kinds of reasons: for being different, for having an atmosphere that makes my heart sing, perhaps – or for having gorgeous styling touches or creative details. Sometimes – and this is what really makes a wedding shine for me – the newlyweds just radiate happy!

So here’s a sneak peek at our top three! Follow English Wedding through the week to see more!

A massive ball of mistletoe for a beautifully styled, elegant winter wedding. Images by Becky Harley Photography (18)
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My wonderful readers, I hope you’re ready for a truly magical Christmas. We’ve had a crazy busy, beautiful month and now I’m looking forward to snuggles and fairy lights, Baileys on tap and lots of precious moments with family and friends. I hope wherever you are, whatever your plans, you will have a relaxing, restorative and peaceful festive season. We will – of COURSE! – be filling our pages over the Christmas period with some stunning real weddings, tips and advice for all of you lovely brides and grooms to be!

Over the next couple of weeks we’re looking back at some of my favourite weddings of the year. We’ve asked our brides and grooms to share their top tips on how to save for your wedding, and where to splash out. And we’ll be sharing their words of wisdom – with some absolutely brilliant advice for planning, stopping and taking it all in, and more!

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An article by English Wedding member Bands for Hire. Header image Tiree Dawson (wedding coming soon!)

We all want our wedding to be the happiest day of our lives, and most of us know how strenuous they can be to organise. There are bound to be all kinds of things you’ve never had to sort out before, and even more you didn’t realise you’d have to – such as booking yourself a wedding band. Most people don’t have to book bands often, and if you’re one of them, you’re naturally going to have many questions about how to do it right.

This is where we come in – allow us to present to you our ultimate list of wedding band FAQs. And don’t worry – with any luck, you’ll only have to do this once!

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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