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The Old Barn, Kelston - behind the scenes wedding flower styling - photo by Martin Pemberton (22)
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If there was another job I wish I could do – if I’d trained, had talent and wasn’t freaked out by spiders(!) or really early wake ups – I’d be a florist. I’d grow my own flowers and style beautiful, modern weddings in a wildflowery, informal and breathtaking boho style. I’m lucky to have gotten to know some amazing folks in the wedding flowers game since I started the English Wedding Blog, and Claire from Wild Spirit is one of the very best – her eye for styling is just spot on, every single time.

So when Claire got in touch to tell me about the Somerset Flower School I was absolutely thrilled for her. Alongside Jodie from Walled Garden Weddings, whose work I also adore, she’s teaching workshops so folks like you & me can learn their craft. Claire and Jodie put together this fabulous shoot to show you how to style that sought after floral look for a beautiful barn – and Claire’s tips are absolutely invaluable if you’re hiring a barn for your wedding day.

The 2019 Belgravia Collection from Ellis Bridals, featured on the English Wedding Blog (21)
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How is your weekend going so far? I’m about to start teaching my calligraphy workshop in just under two hours, and super excited – but I had to share this lovely collection which landed in my inbox just recently. Ellis Bridals specialise in wedding dresses with classic shapes and detailing – think modern princess and you’re there! If your dream is to walk down the aisle and take his breath away with a stunning, classic wedding gown then you will adore this new collection.

The 2019 Belgravia Collection from Ellis Bridals, featured on the English Wedding Blog (15)

Billed as ‘an ode to the silhouette’, Ellis Bridals 2019 wedding dress collection is designed to perfectly sculpt the female form.

Dramatic fishtails and exaggerated mermaid shapes, corset bodice details and contemporary lace up backs promise a divine fit. Ballgown shapes are updated with off-the-shoulder detailing and dramatic pleating. Crafted in unique laces, harmonious crepes and sweeping chiffons, the Belgravia Collection is softly sensual.

The 2019 Belgravia Collection from Ellis Bridals, featured on the English Wedding Blog (12)

Askham Hall wedding venue on the English Wedding Blog, with Camilla Lucinda Photography (42)
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Hey lovely! Happy FRIDAY!!! I’m totally feeling Friday vibes today – last night we were partying until the early hours in Manchester; this morning we’ve had a little shop in the big city, ready for my sister in law’s WEDDING at the end of the month. SOOOO exciting!!! So every wedding I see on my screen right now is totally capturing my heart. Tomorrow afternoon I’m teaching a modern calligraphy class in the Lakes – tickets are still available here if you can join us! – but first, I have an absolute gem of a wedding for you – you’re going to adore this.

Askham Hall wedding venue on the English Wedding Blog, with Camilla Lucinda Photography (6)

Beautiful bride Katie & James got married on the 7th July in an outdoor ceremony in the stunning grounds of Askham Hall. These two met through a mutual friend, however not long after Katie moved to Australia, and in James’ words, it was the ULTIMATE hard to get move he’s ever seen! After being in touch for the year she was over there, she moved back to the UK, and the rest is history! Katie & James’ wedding was definitely a family affair, with Katie’s mum doing the flowers, and Katie’s sister, (who lives in TEXAS and came over for the wedding!), organised the decorations and style of the day – she definitely wins an ‘amazing sister’ award!

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Hey lovelies! I would LOVE to know if you’d be interested in a wedding calligraphy workshop in 2019 – aimed at absolute beginners, and where I can teach you to design your own wedding invites and monograms for stamps, stickers and branding your wedding! I’ll be booking dates in the next week, so please add a little comment here if you’d be interested in coming along! I’d love to see you there.

I have a little news for you as well, especially crafty brides and grooms who would love to learn calligraphy before the end of 2018. I’ve a few lettering workshops with tickets left, and I’ll be thrilled if you can join me!

I’m going to brighten up my calligraphy workshops from now with a little more variation in the styles we learn and the tools we use on the day – so here’s our exciting schedule of modern calligraphy classes for the rest of the year!

September 15th – write your own gold ink greetings card

at Swallows & Artisans, Lanehead, Coniston, Cumbria from 2 o’clock until 5.

Wedding blog from Nancarrow Cornwall with Alexa Poppe Photography (20)
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If you love flowers, designer gowns and wedding pics that tell a real story, you’ve come to the right wedding blog today! I absolutely loe everything about Claire & Mike’s wedding at Nancarrow Farm. They are such a lovely couple – and they’ve styled everything with so much personality, I love it. The portraits are gorgeous, the story of their day comes across wonderfully in the images by lovely Alexa Poppe Photography. Claire’s Catherine Deane gown is exquisite, matched only by the fabulous style of Mike’s Beggar’s Run bespoke suit! All the love for this beautiful day – enjoy!

Claire xx

Wedding blog from Nancarrow Cornwall with Alexa Poppe Photography (33)

We loved the venue for its natural rustic charm and decided to leave it as simple as possible to speak for itself. Mike’s mum bought all the flowers to be used in the bouquets and tables from a wholesale flower warehouse. She (with the help of bridesmaids and Claire’s mum) assembled all the table arrangements the day before. We also had a florist come and put white flowers around the arch to the big barn doorway where our ceremony took place. And she also did big, bright, colourful arrangements in the big milk urns in front of the barn doors – George Mackay.

Hampshire wedding Club - everything you need to help plan your perfect wedding in Hampshire (5)
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Hey there, beautiful! May I interrupt your Tuesday with something all kinds of brilliant which could quite easily save you a bundle of time and energy planning your best day ever? If you’re in Hampshire (or Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey or Sussex) you will ESPECIALLY love this. The Hampshire Wedding Club is a place you can go, online and in person, to find all your wedding suppliers and get everything you need to plan your big day. It’s new, it’s hugely exciting for the wedding industry and I’m excited to see more from these lovely people! I’m even more thrilled to announce that The Hampshire Wedding Club is joining English Wedding as our newest sponsor – so we’ll be sharing much more from them in the coming months! I’ll let lovely Tasha, who is the founder of the Hampshire Wedding Club, tell you all about it. 

Claire xx

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Photo credit: Angela Ward Brown

“At the Hampshire Wedding Club we apply 10 years of industry experience to a new, exciting concept. We are very proud to support unique, extraordinary wedding specialists across our county.

Galina wedding dress for an English wedding in Poole, Dorset with Beatrici Photography (20)
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Hey lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Who else dug out their favourite jumpers this weekend? I’m loving feeling all snuggly in mine today!! We have a lovely week ahead on English Wedding with some gorgeous real weddings lined up, a stunning dress feature and expert tips on floral styling for barn weddings… but first, let’s start the week with something truly beautiful. Richard and Claire married at The Italian Villa in Poole last October. Claire looks super cute in her lovely Galina Couture gown which has to be one of the most amazing dresses we’ve ever seen on the blog! WOW!! The wedding is full of smiles and gorgeous styling which I hope you’ll love as much as I do!

Claire xx

Galina wedding dress for an English wedding in Poole, Dorset with Beatrici Photography (28)

Kim Robbins of Signature Flowers https://www.signature-flowers.com put together our bouquets, button holes, a corsage for my mum and a stunning flower arch. She was great, and happily helped with our (very) last minute requests!

Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (21)
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This is a guest article by Jess, beauty blogger at Jessabella Nails

Woohoo, congratulations on your engagement! I am so thrilled for you. It’s every girl’s dream to walk down the aisle feeling beautiful wearing a wedding dress. But wait, as a bride you will be the centre of attention and your beauty should be at the top of your list of things to prepare. Thus, to make it a bit easy for you all, I made a Beauty Checklist for brides that will help you look and feel your very best on your wedding day.

6 months before your wedding

  1. Visit a Dermatologist
    If you suffer from acne or spots or your skin is just breaking out all the time, make an appointment with a Dermatologist. The last thing you want is to get unexpected spots just before your wedding day. You don’t necessarily need to do this step, but if it will make you more at ease on your big day. Why not!
Relaxed and informal modern wedding in Leeds with Anna wood Photography (13)
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You can hire a country manor, fill it with flowers and spend countless weeks cutting and pasting designs for your invites and table plan… but wedding blogs are here to show you you don’t have to do any of that. You can create a brilliantly amazing and memorable wedding your guests will love without all the bits people expect – just like gorgeous bride and groom Diane and Michael did. I love how they describe their day – the focus was on brilliant food and drink, making sure their guests were looked after, and choosing 3 fabulous venues for their ceremony, reception and evening party. I love it: the whole day looks and sounds just perfect – a wedding blogger’s dream!

Relaxed and informal modern wedding in Leeds with Anna wood Photography (20)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.annawoodphotography.com/

We contacted Anna after seeing her ad on Facebook and we were not disappointed. Our first meeting was more like having a friend round for a brew than a meeting where We chatted about the day itself but really got to know more about each other. Advice we’d been given was to choose someone you get along with as your photographer as you spend a lot of time with them and Anna was so warm and genuinely excited by our wedding, she was the clear choice for us to share our day with.

Creative and eclectic modern wedding styling on the English Wedding Blog. Images by Faye Amare Photography (30)
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Reams of bunting, oodles of delicious summer florals and a stunning couple make today’s blog the most beautiful thing you’ll see on the internet all day! We’re talking stunning English country garden style blooms with fabulous hydrangeas and a stunning BIG bouquet which our beautiful bride Jess held all day long 🙂 Being six months pregnant on the wedding day didn’t stop Jess from dancing the evening away – she’s absolutely gorgeous, as is Jake – these two are made for each other, you can just tell!

They celebrated at The Keeper and the Dell in Norfolk – a pretty natural environment for a summer wedding. A few extra special touches made the space their own – all the bunting, garlands, signage, handmade crochet blankets and table decorations really bring their wedding to life!

Creative and eclectic modern wedding styling on the English Wedding Blog. Images by Faye Amare Photography (27)

“The venue is a boho rustic venue anyway so foilage was plentiful and wooden crates, glassware and buildings were tasteful and not an eyesore.

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A gown called Wanda is taking bridal fashion by storm. Australian designer Anna Campbell has created a captivating, floaty-light and beautiful collection for the modern boho bride, with shapes and styles to suit every woman. Every design in the Wanderlust collection – and oh, how we ADORE the name! – is different and unique. Anna has beautifully combined brocades and silks, corded lace and sequins, raw cut ribbon and glass beads to create the most exquisite wedding dress collection around.

If wedding dresses were dreams, we’d never want to wake up from this one.

Maybe it’s the name itself – Wanda is THE dress from the Wanderlust collection we’re head over heels in love with. Maybe it’s the thousands of tiny, sparkling glass beads which catch every glimmer of sunshine and spin it into a tiny dream. Maybe it’s the way Wanda will flatter every figure, spinning sunbeams from the moment brides walk down the aisle to the second they hit the dance floor as the band starts up for the evening reception.

Nicola Norton Photography on the English Wedding Blog (59)
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Header image credit Nicola Norton Photography

We’ve talked extensively over the past few months about live wedding bands in their glorious diversity – pop and rock wedding bands, soul and Motown wedding bands, festival wedding bands, even vintage-inspired postmodern wedding bands – but about other forms of wedding entertainment? We’re talking wedding entertainment to make your special day unique, entertainment that’ll drop jaws and get people talking.

Here we present a selection of alternative wedding entertainment that’ll make your wedding stand out and, best of all, keep everyone entertained during those afternoon lulls. While you’ll most likely spend it in a whirlwind of hasty congratulations and meticulously posed photos, the time between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast, and then between the wedding breakfast and the speeches and the evening reception, can stretch out endlessly for guests. But what are you meant to do apart from ply them with copious amounts of wine?

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