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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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Lets start by saying this blog post is not cool.

In fact, if it were a person at a house party, it would be the person who is left standing in the kitchen, clutching its glass of wine and awkwardly trying to make conversation with anyone who passes by.

Much cooler blog posts, such as the themed shoots and real weddings wander past with a wry smile. In short it is the geek.

However, like in many a Hollywood teen movie, the geek is sometimes the real hero. This type of blog post is in fact possibly one of the more important ones you will read during your wedding planning.

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In the age where the wedding album is not as popular and many couples tend to go for digital only packages, these files are super important, and should be treated as such.

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One of my favourites from the English Wedding Blog Shop, the Pink Peony wedding invitation, is just so prettily perfect for summer weddings.

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Romance doesn’t come much sweeter than this prettily illustrated wedding invitation with the exquisite art of Amy Swann.

We adore the timeless peony design; we love the delicate calligraphy from By Moon & Tide which sits so beautifully alongside the floral illustration.

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Huge thanks to lovely Carl and Lisa at 166 Photography for taking the beautiful images of the Wild & Painterly wedding stationery collection for the English Wedding Blog Shop. Gorgeous flowers by Shirley from S & A Floral Design, Lincolnshire

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Hello lovelies! I have a treat for you today – an EXCLUSIVE saving for English Wedding Blog readers for a modern calligraphy workshop in Manchester on the 23rd of June.

I host calligraphy workshops every few weeks – this summer’s dates will be June 23rd and 11th August. We spend 2 – 3 hours on a chilled out Friday afternoon learning to write beautiful letters together, and I honestly love teaching the classes so much!

The calligraphy workshop is small and friendly, with only around a dozen places in each class. Students are always a mix of brides-to-be and their friends or mums, creative wedding industry folks, graphic designers and crafty types. Whichever of these you are, you will LOVE learning modern calligraphy – anyone can do it! Manchester is wonderfully central with students coming by train from as far as Edinburgh and Birmingham, Wales and Newcastle for the day!

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Choosing someone to photograph the most important day of your life is a daunting task. Search through Google and everyone has a fancy website and the social media accounts all full of beautiful images. How on earth do you make a decision?

You will only know which photographer is right to capture your wedding when you meet them. The main purpose of meeting potential photographers is to make sure that you will be able to trust them and feel comfortable around them. In the digital age it is easy to send an email, but nothing beats meeting face to face. One thing we like to remind couples is that you will spend almost as much time with your photographer during your wedding day as you will with each other, so make sure you both get on with them.

You will already have questions to ask them, but is there anything technical you might need to know? Is there something that will mean your images are better protected?

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Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re ready for something really lovely… today’s Lincolnshire wedding is so so beautiful. I love Rebecca’s stunning dress (she’s just sooo beautiful!) and George’s beard – between the two of them this is just a perfect wedding for the blog and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you today!

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“We met while studying fine art at uni so it seemed a bit of a no-brainer to make our own stationery. George made the drawings for our invitations, order of service and table plan, while I made the layouts and put them together. It was pretty time consuming but we spend a lot of time making stuff anyway, and it was great because we got to include lots of little details and a lot of lavender!”

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The flowers were peach and cream roses with rosemary, freesia and lavender. Our local florist, P and N Pitchers in Alford, Lincolnshire, provided the bouquet, bridesmaids flowers and buttonholes for us. We decorated the church with potted lavender plants and the table decorations were provided by the venue, with masses of cream roses, hessian and lace.