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Stoke Place wedding venue, image by Damion Mower Photography
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I know a lot of you lovely brides and grooms to be live in and around Buckinghamshire – and today I have a very special feature for all of you. The charming folks at Stoke Place asked if we could come and visit their magnificent wedding venue and write about it on the blog. Luckily I was having an email chat with wedding photographer Damion Mower on the same day (Damion is one of our recommended wedding photographers and a regular feature on English Wedding) and he very kindly went along on behalf of us all to have a nosey around and tell us all about Stoke Place! – Damion, thank you! – It’s an incredibly beautiful venue with a choice of ceremony rooms and extensive landscaped gardens… as you’re about to see from the photos Damion took for us.

Nestled in the gorgeous Buckinghamshire countryside, approximately 30 minutes outside of London is the stunning Stoke Place country house. If you’re in the throes of deciding on your wedding venue then a visit to Stoke Place should certainly be on your shortlist. As you drive into the 26 acre estate you’re greeted by a mature row of hornbeam trees leading you to the country house.

Lemore Manor summer wedding, images by Cassandra Lane Photography (23)
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I love this wedding! The flowers are gorgeous, Laura is simply stunning – I love Andy’s bright blue suit as well – wow! Today’s gorgeous couple were married in June in Herefordshire. Their wedding was a classic English wedding day in the countryside, with lots of pretty touches. Images are by English Wedding Directory member Cassandra Lane Photography, who gets a glowing review from the happy couple!

Lemore Manor summer wedding, images by Cassandra Lane Photography (26)

We got married at Lemore Manor in Hertfordshire (http://www.lemoremanor.com/) – an amazing country house with an amazing staff. Margaret and her team made the day effortless for us – we commented several times that we were so pleased to have chosen Lemore for our venue. Not only was it beautiful, but we could relax and enjoy every moment without stopping to think about the running of the day – Margaret and team had it covered! Special shout out too for Micky, the chef. The food was amazing, we had so many comments on how lovely everything was. The venue and food are such a large part of the day, so we were so pleased with picking Lemore.

Bright, whimsical, boho wedding styling ideas with balloons, images by Sarah Maria Photography (12)
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Let’s begin the new week with something spectacularly gorgeous, shall we? This stunning shoot from Sarah Maria Photography is full of colour, laughter and styling ideas for you to take away and recreate at your own wedding. There are vibrant florals, gorgeous backdrops with pretty lettering, divine dresses and fun and funky styling touches. The venue is The Faversham, an award winning Leeds wedding venue with three very different spaces for weddings.

Bright, whimsical, boho wedding styling ideas with balloons, images by Sarah Maria Photography (5)

Images are by lovely Sarah Maria Photography, who is based in Lancashire. Do go visit Sarah’s website, read her blog and her brilliant and heartfelt advice about hiring a wedding photographer (based on personal experience and absolutely spot on!) – and get in touch to see if she’s free on your wedding day!

The Faversham offers so much more than your usual city centre location. Theres a large lawn area for giant games and post-ceremony drinks, a conservatory where you can say your vows before heading to the Victorian room to chill and catch up with friends and family. The whole place is just perfect for a laid back, non-traditional, relaxed wedding day – and today’s shoot shows some genius ways for styling your day to suit!

Contemporary wedding invitations and stationery by Olive Weddings on the English Wedding Blog (13)
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Olive Weddings was created by graphic designer Ruth Snell and is run from a small studio in a leafy suburb of Cardiff, Wales.

Ruth’s work was recently highly commended at the 2018 Welsh Wedding Awards and has been featured in countless national wedding magazines. She has even provided stationery for a number of celebrity weddings during the ten years she has worked as a wedding stationer.

Contemporary wedding invitations and stationery by Olive Weddings on the English Wedding Blog (4)

Ruth offers a complete wedding stationery service. The Olive Weddings website showcases her stunning range of beautiful wedding invitation designs and offers free sample packs along with tailored samples in tailored colours, designs and formats for a small fee.

Olive Weddings also offers a gorgeous range of finishing touches such as belly bands, eye-popping bakers twine, tags and mix-and-match patterned envelope liners, including some luxe botanicals and trendy geometric designs.

A bespoke design and illustrated stationery service is available for those seeking an even more personalised set for their big day. Ruth is a talented illustrator and has produced many original drawings for couples looking looking for something unique to reflect themselves or their wedding.

Relaxed Larmer Tree Gardens wedding, images by Married to my Camera (17)
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Happy Friday everyone! Whatever you’re doing, have an amazing day and don’t work too hard! I’ll be blogging, planning some worksheets for my next calligraphy workshop and getting ready for a weekend of exploring and reaching new heights in the Lake District 🙂 First though, I have this beautiful wedding to share with you, submitted by lovely David of Married To My Camera. I will let him introduce beautiful Sarah and Ben and tell you all about their day. Enjoy!
Claire xxx

Relaxed Larmer Tree Gardens wedding, images by Married to my Camera (28)

Sarah and Ben’s wedding was at the gorgeous Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire. The couple are actually my neighbours, so no pressure there then! Both families were staying at King John’s House near to Larmer Tree Gardens and this is where both bride and groom got ready in the morning. It was an outdoor ceremony followed by some garden games and speeches outdoors too, before the wedding breakfast. All the 1000 paper cranes were made by Sarah!

Relaxed Larmer Tree Gardens wedding, images by Married to my Camera (19)

 

Wedding photographer’s website:

Www.marriedtomycamera.com

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Hey lovelies! I have some amazingly talented humans to introduce you to today. The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. If you follow our Facebook page you’ll have spotted these guys already as we introduced them… the Directory is bursting full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, stationers… everything you could possibly need for an unforgettable and unique wedding!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

north east wedding photographer Joss Denham Darlington


Rik Pennington is a London wedding photographer who I’m over the moon to welcome back to the English Wedding Blog. Check out Rik’s stunning documentary wedding photography at www.rikpenningtonphotography.com and keep reading the English Wedding Blog to see something beautiful we’re planning to share with you in a few weeks’ time!

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Guest article by Carl at 166 Photography

What is the worst possible thing you can imagine happening on your wedding day? Your alarm not going off and over sleeping? The wedding car breaking down leaving you stranded? Falling over walking down the aisle? Luckily, these will simply remain anxieties and mainly only happen in gossip magazines and very, very rarely in real life. But what about your wedding photos not turning out very well? How would that make you feel?

Photographs are the most important reminder of your wedding day after the event and looking at them for the first time only to be faced with out of focus images, ones that are too dark or even missing the special moments that you would expect to see must be heartbreaking. When asked after the wedding, the one thing many couples wish they had invested more in was their wedding photography. We totally agree, whilst we spent almost a quarter of our small budget on photos, we wish we had invested more.

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Hey lovelies! I wrote this yesterday – this morning I’m either still in bed, or up a mountain, or sat in the sunshine having a cheeky glass of wine and some boxes of chocolate… and definitely not feeling my age! It’s the anniversary of the day I popped out into the world many years ago, so I am celebrating with a day off!

I also thought it would be nice to celebrate with some special offers for all of you lovely people who have supported the English Wedding Blog for so many years. You’re all awesome. So here you go…

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These beauties arrived at English Wedding HQ last week. Prices officially start from £1.50, but you can win your wedding invitations up to the value of £100 today.

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Gorgeous purple flowers for a summer wedding with Delicious Photography (26)
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Summer bank holidays are the BEST!! Whatever your plans for the day, enjoy. Relax, have summer drinks in the garden, smile and laugh and be happy. That’s my plan too! And allow me to bring a happy smile to your beautiful face with this gorgeous summer wedding in Cheshire.

Sarah and Simon’s day is truly personal, informal and fun. Their focus was on friends and family, on celebrating and having the most amazing day ever – and they nailed it! The joy on everyone’s faces is just making me smile so much today! The styling touches are lovely, with a definite summer garden botanical feel to everything. I adore the herbs on place settings, the little tags, home made alcoholic favour bottles, terracotta pots on tables and the bold colour palette of blues and purples.

Gorgeous purple flowers for a summer wedding with Delicious Photography (25)

Sarah looks so beautiful in her Joanna Hehir dress, which she bought from the Case of the Curious Bride – it suits and flatters her perfectly. (Do check out Joanna Hehir if you haven’t seen her dresses before – she’s an amazing New Zealand designer.) Simon looks fabulous in his Cad and the Dandy suit – they’re just such a great couple and I’m excited to share their wedding with you today!

Outdoor wedding in Worcestershire, Bodenham Arboretum - Clive Blair Photography on the English Wedding Blog (24)
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Happy Sunday lovelies! Does anyone have sunshine this morning? It’s peeking through the clouds as I write… there’s nothing lovelier than driving back to the Lakes and seeing the sun on the mountains 🙂 Oh! Apart from Kayleigh and Dan’s wedding on the blog today of course! They were so lucky with the weather for their outdoor wedding in beautiful woodlands at Bodenham Arboretum. Their humanist ceremony was touching, beautiful and intimate: they invited friends and family who they see often and will see after the wedding, rather than feeling pressured to invite people they don’t know well – and for me this always makes a wedding much more relaxed and happy.

Outdoor wedding in Worcestershire, Bodenham Arboretum - Clive Blair Photography on the English Wedding Blog (6)

Images were captured by lovely Birmingham wedding photographer Clive Blair Photography, and have been featured already in West Midland Your Wedding Magazine – but I couldn’t resist sharing them with you again – this truly is a beautiful celebration with lovely touches and Kayleigh has kindly shared their wedding planning story with us all (below the images). Don’t miss it!

Came House Dorset wedding ideas with images by TP Photography (24)
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I am SO pleased it’s the weekend! I’ve had my nose buried in handwritten invites for an American wedding this week, all while I teach myself how to do Instagram stories (I’m so late, I know!) – and today I’m road tripping down to Manchester with my man to play at escape rooms and hang out with three of my favourite people in the world. In the meantime… this gorgeous wedding editorial is insanely beautiful and full of lush florals in a refreshingly different colour palette. I think you’ll love it…

Came House Dorset wedding ideas with images by TP Photography (6)
Came House Dorset wedding ideas with images by TP Photography (7)

Images are by our old friend Greg from TP Photography in Dorset – they capture the details and atmosphere of the shoot so beautifully, don’t you think? Lovely Oonagh from The English Florist created a floral chandelier, table centrepieces, buttonholes and breathtaking bouquets with Icelandic poppies, ranunculus, ‘Panda’ anemones and white O’Hara roses. I’ll hand over to Oonagh to tell us a little about the inspiration and styling ideas – and the wonderful venue (which I hadn’t heard of before – and which totally has my heart!)…

Alfred & Co Photography at Rudding Park (31)
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We’re all about the elegant styling and simple venue and table decor today on the English Wedding Blog! This is a beautiful wedding – I love Lisa’s dress, the flowers… and that summery sunshine at the end of the day is simply perfect! Lisa and George chose Rudding Park as their wedding venue, and Alfred and Co Photography to capture their day. Flowers are simple white roses with gorgeous foliage from Flowers by Colette in Harrogate.

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Wedding photographer’s website:

www.alfredandcophotography.co.uk

We were recommended Kirsty by a friend, who used her the year before. After looking through their pictures, our mind was made up that we would like Kirsty to shoot our wedding.

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We were very pleased with Kirsty from the very first point of contact with her. Not only is she a fantastic photographer, she also is very easy to deal with, and is very helpful with any questions or issues we had. When we saw our wedding photos for the first time we were thrilled, neither of us really like having our photo taken, but we both loved them. She captured so many natural moments, and that’s what made us delighted to have chosen her.

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