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How do you feel about doing your own make up on your wedding day? I know for many of you it will be an absolute godsend to have a pro make up artist working alongside your hairdresser in the morning – but not just for your shaky hands and nervous excitement!

I have two photo-films to share with you today: first, Cathryn from MadeupbyCathryn.co.uk  explains some of the benefits of hiring a professional make up artist. As well as having the very best products in their kit (probably saving you a fortune on make up), a pro will know from experience how timings on your day will go: she (or he) will make sure you’ll make it to the church on time, looking beautiful and with all your gorgeous girls at your side.

Contouring is the biggest beauty trend since brows were invented, and Cathryn has a fabulous tutorial on bridal contouring which you can watch right here on the English Wedding Blog. Do take a few minutes to watch this clip – you’ll see how subtle contouring makes for the loveliest bridal look as Cathryn talks you through, step by step.

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Wedding stylists seem to achieve a cohesive look effortlessly – combining beautiful florals, stationery, locations and decor with a talent and instinct I wish I had. I’d love to be able to style something as beautiful as this… romantic, feminine colours against a rustic backdrop create such a glorious ambience for a wedding. If you’re looking for styling inspiration and advice, this gorgeous post is for you!

Photography credits: Oobaloos Photography, Cheltenham

Huge thanks are due to an amazing team of wedding suppliers who worked together to inspire us all with this fabulous styled bridal shoot. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Claire

Write up by Hollie from Daisy Says I Do

Ever since I sourced some gorgeous rose gold sequinned fabric I have been dying for an opportunity to develop a styled shoot to use it. After meeting Tim Wiltshire, owner of Priors Tithe Barn in Brockworth I created a vision for a luxurious opulent feel in a romantic rustic setting, copper details and a statement flower wall. I love everything from design through to the final detail and found some amazing suppliers with an equally meticulous approach to help my vision become a reality.

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Sometimes it’s easy to find a wedding stationery collection which stands out from the crowd… Something about Lilac & White takes my breath away: perhaps because I love a landscape and sunset, perhaps because I adore minimal, elegant design with beautifully considered typography and spacing. There isn’t a single invitation here I don’t love – and I hope you will too!

UK wedding stationery by Lilac and White for boho luxe weddings (15)
UK wedding stationery by Lilac and White for boho luxe weddings (16)

Lilac & White design personalised wedding stationery and aim to build inspired connections with wedding parties and their guests. Their designs are simple and clear with muted colours and illustrative details to form a bohemian sophisticated style.

UK wedding stationery by Lilac and White for boho luxe weddings (17)
UK wedding stationery by Lilac and White for boho luxe weddings (18)

L&W’s founder Paula Pidgeon says “It’s easy to have lots of different ideas and to try and jam them all on one invite. This can ruin the overall design and elegance a couple is trying to achieve.” This is where wedding branding comes in. What is this? It’s a set of design ideas used consistently across a wedding day. It’s using the same colours, fonts and illustrations in all your stationery and feature graphics. These might be used on signs, wedding favours, table numbers, flowers etc. L&W recommend selecting these elements carefully and use them consistently to achieve a unique and steady style for the day. Consistency is the key.

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I love Jen’s dress more every time I look at her… today’s bride and groom are such a fabulous couple, and their day seems to suit them so wonderfully well. I love the venue; the light-up-letters are a fabulous feature; the bouquet is dreamy… I’m so happy to have such an amazing wedding to show you this morning 🙂

Chipping Warden English wedding with Jodie Cooling Photography (31)

Images are by lovely Jodie Cooling Photography. Jodie is new to the English Wedding Blog and I’m so glad she’s submitted this stunning wedding for us to share! Discover more from Jodie here:

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We really can’t thank Jodie enough! The photos are everything we hoped for and much, much more! She has managed to capture every little detail of the day in the most beautiful way. We can’t stop looking at them! The fun group shots in the field and the expressions she has captured during the speeches are just perfect.” ~ Jen & Tim

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There are so many ways to style a woodland wedding: you could go boho with shades of green and a focus on foliage, or create a playful and perfectly whimsical scene using vibrant, exciting colours like this…

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Lovely Harriet from Fairly Vintage in Surrey got in touch to show us this lovely styled shoot from the beginning of April. A team of talented creative wedding suppliers joined forces to show how wonderfully exciting a colourful woodland wedding can look! Images are all by Dorrington Photography – dorringtonphotography.co.uk

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The cake is a fabulous highlight for me: I adore the bright icing and the wonderful gold leaf tier and detailing – simple, bright and beautiful! It’s by The Wild Blackberry: www.twbweddingcakes.co.uk

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“I exhibited at a wedding fair this year where I met Suzanne from Vintage Trousseau. I was instantly drawn to her beautiful dresses which are inspired by vintage clothing. We exchanged contact details and decided to collaborate on a styled shoot. We gathered a group of amazing suppliers and all we needed now was a location!

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There are too many things to love about Alex and Andrew’s wedding: the bride herself is stunning, her groom equally as gorgeous 🙂 The modern calligraphy lettering on their fabulous letterpress stationery is a winner for me instantly; the flowers are divine, and the styling of the day comes together so beautifully to create a fabulous English wedding.

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The flowers are spectacular: “Adam Prest was our florist for the day, Katie and I met Adam a few weeks before the wedding and the whole experience was magical! Adam really has the gift of creating exactly what you have in mind with little direction. I wanted a woodland feel with pops of natural colour, Adam certainly exceeded our expectations.”

 

Wynyard Hall wedding with images by David West Photography Northumberland (30)

All images are by David West Photography, based in the north east. Discover more from David here:

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There’s something thrilling about today’s wedding venue – it’s like being allowed a peek into another world of grandeur, and tradition, and of centuries of English history… and I love how Hannah and Seb styled their wedding with classic touches (top hat & tails included!) to suit the magnificent location for their day: the Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament).

London wedding blog from the Palace of Westminster with Neil Walker Photography (31)

Images are by our lovely friend and sponsor of the English Wedding Blog, Neil Walker Photography.

Contact & Bookings: Neil Walker Photography

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“Neil was fantastic from start to finish. He took the time to get to know us and find out what we wanted; a mixture of formal and informal photographs… When we saw our professional shots, we were absolutely blown away! Neil captured so much more than just an image; it was as though each picture told a story and took us through the journey of our special day. His artistic style, photographic skill and experience shone through, encompassing magical moments that we will cherish forever.” ~ Hannah & Seb

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Call me weird but… I love bridesmaid dresses even more than wedding gowns. They’re colourful, floaty, super pretty and elegant, and if they’re handmade they’re even better. And there’s nothing prettier than a little colour behind a stunning bouquet, don’t you think? I’d happily get married in a bridesmaid’s dress… and I’d definitely get it from a wonderful, independent designer like lovely Kim from AbideMaids in Devon.

I was thrilled when Kim replied to my Facebook shout out for independent designers to feature on the English Wedding Blog. Her boutique sounds fabulous: Kim has followed her passion for dressmaking, which she fell in love with when she was only 13. She now has a pretty little boutique in Devon offering girls the perfect shopping experience, and makes all the dresses in-house and by hand.

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Photo credit: Yeti Photography

The most exciting part of the process is when the girls first come and see me in my shop. We look at colours, fabrics and styles, all over a cup of tea of course! We design the dress there and then, mixing and matching elements and styles to create the perfect dress!

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Did you see our 15 wonderfully unique and affordable wedding invitations feature last month? I love writing posts like these: I love being able to share independent designers’ collections with you and I see myself as a bit of a matchmaker.

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I totally fell in love with Aimee Willow Designs‘ Instagram themed wedding invitation and I was thrilled when Aimee said I could show you more of her work. She’s a true talent: an illustrator and graphic designer by trade, Aimee started to specialise in wedding stationery while planning her own wedding. Her style ranges from inky floral bohemian to unique passport and polaroid quirkiness. I love how she combines modern handwriting fonts with quirky floral graphics to create bright and breezy invitation styles. Her country garden invitation is so sweet and perfect… I think this is my favourite but it’s soooo hard to choose from so much pretty!

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In her lovely studio based in Essex Aimee loves creating a variety of wedding suite styles to fit in with any vision, whether it be pre-made or totally bespoke. She studied Graphic Design and fine art at Cambridge while starting her design business.

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I’m not sure what caught my eye and stole my heart first… the fabulous yellow accents, or Jen’s dream dress, or maybe the spirit of this beautiful barn wedding caught so wonderfully on camera. It matters little: whatever you love best, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be blown over by today’s incredible wedding. Allow me to introduce stunning bride Jen and her gorgeous groom Chris!

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Images are by lovely Murray Clarke Photography, whose website and social streams are here. Do check him out!

http://www.murrayclarke.co.uk
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I love working at Bury Court Barn as it’s so pretty with its stunning grounds and well kept gardens. The barn itself is very impressive with great light coming through the windows. It offers so many opportunities for photographers so I can’t wait to shoot there again soon. Jen and Chris are the friendliest people you could meet and an absolute joy to work with. I really enjoyed capturing their wedding as there was always so much energy in the room and it was clear that both they and their guests were having such a great time.” ~ Murray Clarke Photography

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It seems sooo long since we published a sneak peek from this wedding in the English Wedding Book at the beginning of this year (do you have your free copy yet?) but when these divine wedding pics landed in my inbox it felt like yesterday. Vanessa and Will are amazing: their farming wedding is one of the loveliest I’ve ever featured and I know you’ll love everything about their day.

Rustic farming wedding blog with Rob and Sarah Gillespie West Midlands wedding photographers (4)

All images are by Midlands wedding photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie

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We were at home when we saw the final pictures and we viewed them together. They are amazing and really capture our day. The detail and moments that Rob and Sarah captured were just truly magical, and it is so lovely that we have such a special record of our day, including piecing together bits that we had no idea had even happened!”
~ Will & Vanessa

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Emma and Fraser’s wedding has timeless grace and a lightness of spirit – the romance of today’s feature is simply wonderful. The details are subtle, elegant and sophisticated, taking inspiration from days gone by with effortless charm. And our bride and groom are gorgeous a million times over in their wedding finery… think bespoke gowns and Scottish groomswear, family heirlooms and the loveliest touches to make a wedding to remember forever.

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The flowers are divine: with roses and cornflowers taking centre stage, thistles and wildflowers combined to create the loveliest of palettes. I love a mixed bouquet – this is where floral designers really come into their own. Celeste French has an instinct for amazing arrangements for weddings and styled the flowers so beautifully for Emma & Fraser’s day.
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Fraser and Emma’s love shines from their images. From the very beginning of their day to the sparklers after dusk, their photos tell a story of the most romantic day you could dream of. Emma’s dress is captivating in its beauty – just look at this…
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