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Do ask your wedding photographer about an engagement shoot – it’s one of the loveliest things you can do in the run up to your wedding (and a brilliant, fun and romantic escape from wedding planning!)

Engagement photo shoot at London's Blenheim Palace by Patryk Stanisz (16)

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Engagement photo shoot at London's Blenheim Palace by Patryk Stanisz (4)

Kasi and Robert went to Blenheim Palace for their engagement shoot with London wedding photographer Patryk Stanisz, and I love how the images capture their relationship at a moment in time… there’s a lot to be said for memories of those precious days just before your wedding, don’t you think?

Claire

Engagement photo shoot at London's Blenheim Palace by Patryk Stanisz (13)

It was definitely the coldest day in England last autumn. Despite this Kasi and Robert were the smiliest couple I have ever photographed. The photo session took place in Blenheim Palace, a very beautiful place and really worth seeing – it’s the perfect place to relax or have a romantic picnic in the summer time.”
Patryk was a great photographer – we would definitely recommend him!! He took our engagement photos and they turned out even better than expected. He is great with lighting and composition. He also was able to capture our playful personality perfectly. You can’t get better value for money in the area.” ~ Kasi & Robert

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I’m a bookworm, and proud! And I love a wedding with a venue full of books… if I could get married in the village library where I spent many happy hours as a little girl I think I would, you know?! So today, a treat: a beautiful English wedding from Somerford Hall with a wonderfully bookish theme and the loveliest couple ever: Becky & Gareth.

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“Somerford Hall didn’t need a great deal of decoration as it’s so beautiful anyway. I asked for a few handmade and personal things in each room (there are so many rooms!), including vintage glass bowls filled with sweets, Jane Austen-themed bunting on the bar, and little wooden hearts on loops of ribbon. I made little framed paper crafted items, such as a list of all of our important dates, such as when we first met, and when we moved in together. My sister also updated some pretty horseshoes with ribbon and pages from old books – those horseshoes had been at my grandparents’ wedding!”

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It’s almost Easter… I hope you have the most wonderful long weekend planned. We’re heading into the hills tomorrow, and then on a little road trip to see friends on Sunday, chocolate eggs clutched in our excited little hands! But before we go… I’ve been saving this loveliness for you. Gorgeous Rebecca & Adam’s wedding had an Easter flavour to it… they styled their day with pretty colours and the loveliest gold leafed eggs as place settings. It was the prettiest Easter wedding I’ve seen! Here’s how you can create a similar look for your day.

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All photos are by lovely Lancashire wedding photographer Emma B Photography

For a light and airy look to your day, choose a blank canvas venue, marquee or Sperry tent. Light wood tables and linen or hessian runners add a little home comfort – and the star of the show can be personalised egg cups with decorated eggs!

Easter wedding look on the English Wedding Blog with Emma B Photography (2)

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Ali and Craig’s winter wedding caught my eye when photographer Sandy posted a sneak peek on his Facebook page. The portraits are just so lovely… and I know many of you are already planning your weddings for December and January so I wanted to share some inspiration for you too!

real wedding at Totworth Court on the English Wedding Blog. Images by Love in Focus (35)

This is a wedding with traditional styling and details, at a lovely venue with history and charm – and Ali and Craig styled their day with elegance to suit! Ali told me there was a hint of Christmas to their day, “but we tried not to have much of a theme. We tried keeping it simple and just having the things we liked to really make it our day.”
real wedding at Totworth Court on the English Wedding Blog. Images by Love in Focus (34)

Images are by Bristol wedding photographer Love in Focus. See more here:

http://www.love-in-focus.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/LIFphotos
http://English-Wedding.com/tag/Love-in-Focus

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I love Sophia and George’s wedding – Sophia is SUCH a beautiful bride. The flowers are gorgeous, George’s suit is fantastic, I love their little slate place names… and the setting and outdoors images are out of this world.

Rustic English wedding blog Trevenna Barns with Tracey Warbey Photography (25)

Photographer Tracey Warbey told me it was a very emotional day: “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Sophia walked down the aisle, she looked stunning.” And Sophia and George are thrilled with their images. They will be recommending their photographer and videographer to everyone they know: “An absolute investment!!!! Those are the two things I will encourage my friends who are getting married to invest in, the day comes and goes, but the memories last for ever, so ensure some one has captured them in the manner you envision.

Rustic English wedding blog Trevenna Barns with Tracey Warbey Photography (21)

I love Trevenna Barns. This was my second wedding there in five months. It provides a beautiful backdrop for any wedding, as it is set in the wonderful Cornish countryside. I like the fact that the wedding party can hire the whole venue as well – it makes it more personal I think.

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I love Ben & Sarah’s barn wedding – they’re both gorgeous, Sarah’s dress is beautiful and they look just perfect together. I also adore the outdoor shots – those huge trees are one of my favourite things in wedding photography this year! – and the venue is pretty amazing with books lining all the walls. I really like their unique stationery as well, and Sarah’s bouquet is fabulous. I’m sure you’ll be inspired by all their awesome details too!

English barn wedding blog with images by Pickavance Photography (20)

Sarah told me they didn’t have to do much decoration inside their venue: “The Barn speaks for itself decor-wise… we went for a cosy/rustic style throughout the day and because our surname is McGregor we sourced all sorts of ribbon and fabric in the McGregor tartan to give it a personal touch.

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Images are by London & UK wedding photographer Richard Pickavance, who you can (and totally should!) check out here:

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It’s true you’re unlikely to have heard of ‘corkage’ until you plan your wedding… but it’s a topic which comes up on wedding forums over and over again – and a shocker! This, and other hidden costs to booking a venue, is discussed on the latest fab wedding planning video by Revelry Events. There’s plenty to think about: VAT, exclusive use and curfews…

Lovely Susannah and Holly talk us through the major considerations when hiring a venue, including having a plan B in case of bad weather and being allowed to bring in the suppliers YOU want rather than the venue’s own. (Top tip: always, always research your DJ and never rely on a venue’s recommendation without having seen them!)

For more tips read my article about styling to fit with your wedding venue’s decor on the English Wedding Blog. I also have a regular ‘wedding venue of the week‘ feature which takes us around some of the UK’s loveliest spots for a peek inside!Claire

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I’m sure you’re already familiar with Neil Walker Photography – but if you missed these two gorgeous Sussex weddings do please go and have a look! We featured Kate & Russell’s Farbridge wedding in February, and Victoria and Will’s countryside wedding in Friston back in October. Neil and Sarah have become friends of the English Wedding Blog since – and I’m thrilled to be welcoming them as an official sponsor this morning.

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Neil’s approach to wedding photography is creative and inspiring: Neil Walker Photography weddings are all about energy.

Neil says every individual couple’s story brings its own energy to a wedding – along with their friends and family and the way everyone interacts on the day. He captures those fleeting looks and touches between brides and grooms, the laughter and smiles as friends and family chat and catch up – all of the precious little moments which come together to create a story and a wonderful atmosphere on your wedding day.

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Hasn’t it felt as though spring is finally here this week? I’ve been walking in the hills before work each morning and enjoying the warmth of the sun on my face – it’s been bliss! And so I wanted to bring a little springtime to the blog for you today. This shoot is full of delicious florals and beautiful Charlotte Balbier gowns, in the loveliest natural setting… and showcases a whimsical bridal style which is just perfect for the warmer months.

Spring wedding style ideas on the English Wedding Blog. Images by Hayley Baxter (28)

Welcome to spring! Enjoy this fabulous shoot, and have the loveliest Saturday 🙂Claire

Spring wedding style ideas on the English Wedding Blog. Images by Hayley Baxter (7)

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Sticking to seasonal flowers such as gorgeous tulips in a fresh crisp colour palette really brought the colours, textures and scent of spring to life. Utilising fresh flowers in the hair really co ordinates the look. Pamela Dunn created delicate texture using sheer voile fabrics – a perfect idea for softening any venue or backdrop.

Our springtime brides’ hair was kept soft and natural – beautiful curls and a rustic fishtail plait completed the look. Fresh floral crowns created a stunning focal piece.

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Victoria and Stefano’s wedding is gorgeous: their style is city chic; they married in Manchester and made their day personal by enlisting friends and family to help – but they didn’t stress about details and focused more on creating an amazing party atmosphere. As Victoria says, “Don’t get carried away paying a fortune for tiny details which may look pretty but go unnoticed! Invest your money in the things that people will remember – the food, drinks and dancing!

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Photographer James Tracey told me a little about the day. “I loved shooting Vicky and Stefano’s brilliant, relaxed wedding. What stands out for me as the photographer was that the wedding featured guests and family from all over the world (with Stefano’s family coming over from Italy), yet everyone partied and celebrated together! It was a so much fun from Jager bombs during the bridal preparation, to the hilarious marriage service followed by a brilliant reception all the way through to the night time party with the incredible Brass Funkeys performing live and making the dancefloor literally bounce! A truly awesome wedding.

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Today’s shoot is more than beautiful – the images will help you style a gorgeously green, natural and enchantingly English wedding. I was there on the day of this wedding inspiration shoot: walking in the woodland as the sun rose through the trees was perfect. As we set up our table a deer wandered past; the sounds and smells of the woodland were all around us. The images capture the essence of the English woodland, the tranquility and beauty inspired by nature.

woodland wedding style ideas images by Jenny Heyworth Photography (46)

The scene will inspire every boho bride and groom, every couple with a love of nature and a fondness for the outdoors. We used ferns and mosses for a soft, organic look. The table was beautifully styled by Yasmin at Aspire. The moss chair and backdrop look oh-so-inviting; the cakes are elegant and earthy; stationery is rustic and handwritten in a creative, playful modern calligraphy style.

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Images are by lovely Lake District wedding photographer Jenny Heyworth Photography, who is one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet on your wedding journey! Discover her here:

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Sometimes as a writer I can step back gracefully and admit that other people (Katharine & Said) are more amazing at this than me… “We could not have asked for a more stunning set of photographs. His photos are entirely unpretentious. They are colourful, vibrant, alive. I cannot recommend Patryk enough. He is extremely talented and I hope to see his work in galleries in the future. He is not just a wedding photographer, and some of his street photography is remarkable. I would not hesitate to recommend Patryk as a photographer and professional.”

Barn wedding in Hampshire with Patryk Stanisz Photography on the English Wedding Blog (17)

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