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The biggest change in weddings in the last five years has been in venues. Back in the day, you hired a big country house hotel and / or a marquee. Now it seems half of our weddings in the UK are in barns and fields – and I LOVE that! It gives you so much more creative freedom to style your day – and fits perfectly with three MAJOR wedding styles: barn weddings, festival weddings and tipi weddings.

I’ve worked with some fabulous planners and stylists who really come into their own for planning ‘blank canvas’ weddings – and one thing I’ve learned is that logistics is a pretty big deal. You need to hire everything from loos to generators, flooring to hay bales and benches for your wedding guests.

Often tipi and marquee companies can help. And sometimes you just stumble across a brilliant idea on Pinterest which fits perfectly with your relaxed wedding style!

Fabulously feminine sparkly wedding styling from Rectory Farm on English Wedding - credit Nicola Norton Photography (44)
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It’s the weekend so let’s PLAY! I have the funnest, prettiest, PINKEST wedding to share with you today, with gorgeous couple Poppy and Panos. They married in church and had a reception at Rectory Farm in Cambridge, where they styled the marquee with two beautiful big chandeliers hanging from the roof, and decorated the dace floor with huge pink paddle balloons with pink and white tassels. The David Austin roses everywhere are such a show stopper – this is most definitely a wedding for those of us who love pink!

All images by our fabulous friend and Hertfordshire wedding photographer Nicola Norton Photography.

Fabulously feminine sparkly wedding styling from Rectory Farm on English Wedding - credit Nicola Norton Photography (38)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.nicolanortonphotography.co.uk/

Nicola did the photos for my sister in law’s sister’s wedding, she also did the photography for a wedding I was a guest at. From looking at her pictures and experiencing her bubbly personality we knew Nicola was the photographer for us! This turned out to be TOTALLY true!

Same sex wedding styling boho chic festival inspiration - image credit Emma Hall Photography (1)
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Everyone wants a unique wedding – and guess what? EVERY wedding is unique, because it’s all about you! The more personal your big day, the more exciting and different it will be. So that’s sorted! But unless you’re going to just slide effortlessly into a characterful wedding venue which needs no extra decor at all, you might need a little help getting started with styling.

That’s fine. Remember – none of us have planned a wedding before. It’s new to everyone, the first time! And there’s so much information out there, it’s easy to get lost in the world of Pinterest weddings. If you haven’t a clue where to start with styling your big day, maybe we can help out with a few of our favourite ideas to turn any wedding into a stunning, unique and exciting celebration!

 

Cavokay House Milking Parlour wedding photographers on English-Wedding.com Photo credit Emily Black Photography (10)

Full shoot: Click here 
Photography – Emily Black Photography // Props & Styling – The Rustic Dresser // Flowers – Mrs J Flowers
// Table plan – From Sally with Love

 

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Hey lovely! I have another fabulous wedding to share with you today – this one I totally adore for all the pretty styling touches, and for our gorgeous couple whose stunning smiles are making me grin back at my screen today! I love the leafy, foliage-centred stationery and the cute knitted people (my mum used to make these! Anyone else?!), oh and the gloriously light and airy colour palette which just couldn’t be more perfect for a marquee wedding. Photos are by our wonderfully talented friends at Amanda Karen Photography (and Danielle & Joe’s review of one of my fave wedding photographers makes me a very happy wedding blogger indeed!).

Beautiful English marquee wedding in Hertfordshire with Amanda Karen Photography (30)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk/

Amanda Karen Photography was recommended by someone we knew and I looked on Amanda’s social media and website and knew it was the style I wanted – natural and in the moment.

Isabella and Paul at Bath Assembly Rooms with Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography (45)
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Today’s wedding is elegant and timeless, with styling touches which are perfectly on trend, and images which take my breath away. The gorgeous bride and groom are Isabella and Paul, who met seven years go. Paul proposed at Christmas, and the wedding happened in March… with just 3 months to plan everything I think they did an amazing job!

Isabella and Paul at Bath Assembly Rooms with Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography (19)

Isabella wears a stunning Rosa Clara Couture wedding dress, which she bought from The Wedding Atelier in London. Paul’s son gave Isabella away, and their daughters (in stunning green gowns) were the bridesmaids.

The old Rolls Royce Isabella arrived in actually belonged to Paul’s grandfather. He used to go to the beach with his grandparents when he came on holiday to the UK years ago – Paul is actually from Canada, and the maple leaves on the place cards are a nod to his home country. Other place cards had an oak leaf for England.

Isabella and Paul at Bath Assembly Rooms with Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography (38)

Photographer Martin Dabek told me a little about the venue:

Classy rustic wedding styling at Dumbleton Hall with Oobaloos Photography (37)
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Today’s wedding is everything. I love it – I love the atmosphere in the pics, the excitement (and the nerves) and the celebration and love. The styling is fabulous; it’s elegant with quirky touches. Emma and Paul are gorgeous and their day just totally ROCKS. The weather didn’t quite play ball: check out the “dramatic” October skies over Dumbleton Hall (and – spoiler alert – the rainbow, which obviously brought a few raindrops along with it!)

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The images by my fabulously creative and talented friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography are literally stunning. You’ll be wanting to grab a cuppa and snuggle down somewhere comfy to scroll all the way through this one! Enjoy.

Dumbleton Hall near Evesham is a 19th-century Cotswold stone manor house set in many acres of gardens. The picturesque lake and black swans were the icing on the cake for Emma and Paul. “It was dreamy and had so much character. Staff were so thoughtful, supportive and friendly. Our guests praised how well staffed the venue was for getting drinks and serving our wedding breakfast. Everything throughout the day went so smoothly with them.”

Salisbury Manor wedding photoshoot with amazing local suppliers, image credit Antonia Grace Photography (15)
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Where to begin with today’s stunning shoot? It’s perfect for those of you planning an autumn wedding… but the rich tones are simply glorious and for me this is a look that will work beautifully from late summer through to the winter months. The florals are the absolute star of the show; the styling is rich, opulent and beautiful. Images by Antonia Grace Photography.

Salisbury Manor wedding photoshoot with amazing local suppliers, image credit Antonia Grace Photography (16)

My aim was to create something using rich, warm berry and gold tones along with a romantic and alluring moodiness.

The shoot took place at the beautiful The Manor Barn in Salisbury which is right on the doorstep of the famous Stonehenge. The barn is a private wedding venue where they will hold no more than 20 weddings a year making it exclusive and very personal. It is still relatively new as the first wedding hosted by the family was in 2013. It really is a hidden gem.

alternative vintage bridal style with Courage and Dash Photography (25)
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Hey beautiful! Welcome to the long weekend! Are you up to anything lovely this weekend? I’ll be up in the Lake District while the sun shines, I think! Before I go… a fabulous elopement shoot which is food for thought as well. This is from lovely Courage & Dash – and I adore the quietness and beauty of it all.

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We are inspired by the quiet elegance of English weddings, particularly casual, homely ones which feature personal touches, particularly English antiques and trinkets. We enter the day at the point where the couple is pausing to catch their breaths and reflect: the newly-married couple is back at the family home, spending some quiet moments together and soaking in the day.

The colours are muted, the feel is peaceful. It is right after the wedding ceremony, and just before the evening’s intimate celebrations. Set in the couple’s home, which is a beautiful English period property, the bridal portraits capture the couple sharing jokes on the sofa, taking a walk in the garden outside, whispering love notes by the French windows.

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How are your hen / stag and sten do plans coming along? If you’d like a little help with planning activities for a fun filled weekend, have a look at Adventure Connections – they’ve joined English Wedding and we love the variety of ideas and packages on their easy-to-use website!

Adventure Connections: After all, fun is a serious business

Adventure Connections is a highly focused and experienced events management team. We love our work and our sole purpose is to deliver events hassle free – stress free. Of course, we also like to have fun hence our motto “Fun is a serious business”. We’ve been running for over 19 years now and during that time, we’ve created some awesome relationships within the UK travel industry. That’s why we know that we’re offering the best activity sites, the finest accommodation and are able to run the greatest  events.

Make your own pop video, get pampered or tackle a hill in a bubble. Stag & Hen ideas with Adventure Connections (7)

Ginger and Jamie's Ashmolean Museum wedding in Oxford, photo credit MT Studio Photography (33)
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I love a wedding which is different. Of course every single wedding day is unique, because it’s all about the people and making your day personal… but then there are some weddings which really stand out from the crowd! For Ginger and Jamie, the venue made their day extra spectacular. Imagine being married in a museum, surrounded by history and treasures – making memories of your very own, to last forever.

Ginger and Jamie are gorgeous: Ginger’s just the most beautiful bride, and Jamie her perfect match! Styling their day was a matter of keeping things simple, and timeless – as the backdrop of The Ashmolean Museum was all they needed to make this a truly unique and wonderful wedding!

Ginger and Jamie's Ashmolean Museum wedding in Oxford, photo credit MT Studio Photography (15)

All images are by Oxford wedding photographer MT Studio. Photographer Maciek told me, “I was truly humbled when I was asked to photograph Ginger and Jamie’s Wedding. The bride and groom had chosen to exchange rings surrounded only by their closest friends and family. Their pre-wedding lunch was held in the Old Bank Hotel, followed by a low key ceremony in the European Art Gallery of The Ashmolean Museum – one of the classiest wedding venues in Oxford.

A magical wiltshire wedding venue - the Lost Orangery with Sam Cook Photography (30)
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It was in the colder months of the year that lovely Sam Cook Photography got in touch to share this – a wonderfully warming, authentic and artfully styled shoot from The Lost Orangery, Euridge House in Colerne, north Wiltshire. I fell head over heels for its beauty: the crumbling walls, elegant florals and gentle autumnal hues. See below for the full supplier list!

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Photographer: Sam Cook Photography

Stylist: One Stylish Day

Hair: www.alchemyhairdressing.com

Make-up: Amy George

Wedding Venue: The Lost Orangery

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These last few weeks have been crazy! May the 4th is a HUGE day for weddings this year – the force is most definitely with all of you lovely people getting hitched this bank holiday weekend!

I’ve been a busy little bee with lots of calligraphy work in my little home studio, so I thought I’d share a little with you today. And if any of you would like to book my services for your weddings later in the year I’d LOVE to hear from you!

My week began with Vikki’s gorgeous place names from Papier – they’re called Mother Amazon and they’re beautiful!

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My biggest and favourite project was these gorgeous handmade place names and escort cards, for lovely Emma from Tebbey & Co. They’re from Torn Edge Paper on Etsy and written by hand in a cornflower blue ink I mixed in my studio. (I’ll be teaching the simple art of making calligraphy ink in my intermediate calligraphy workshop in Manchester in August – info and tickets here.)

Karapürçek Escort Bilecik Escort Bolu Escort

 

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Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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