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I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people over the last year. The shoots I’ve helped out with have been spectacularly creative days thanks to some wonderfully talented suppliers. I wanted to introduce you to some of my very favourites, and the first of those is lovely Katie from Made In Flowers.

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Katie is as friendly and generous as she is talented in floral art. She’s styled moss-covered vintage chairs, archways and trees as well as making the most stunning floral arrangements and bouquets for every season. Her flower studio is a little gem in the Lake District: watching Katie assemble a bouquet is a dream and a delight.

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For our artisan wedding inspiration shoot, which featured on Love My Dress in November, Katie’s flowers were full of autumnal charm. I adore the asymmetrical arrangements with those divine dahlias, chocolate cosmos and fabulous textures of berries and leaves. The statement hydrangea in the arrangement Rachel holds in the header image of the English Wedding Blog just makes my soul happy – and the little pops of colour throughout the day are thanks to Katie’s vision and incredible talent.

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Ahhhh… I breathed a genuine sigh of relief this morning that January has finally left us… spring is on its way at last! I can almost smell the grass growing. We are well into our wedding blogging year – we’ve shared some stunning shoots, wonderfully romantic real weddings and fabulous advice from our fave suppliers already. Today – we’re dimming the lights, and falling all kinds of in love with artisan-flavoured wedding inspiration.

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This shoot combines statement florals from Made In Flowers and stunning arrangements with breathtaking Dutch Masters-inspired lighting. The images are as dreamily dark as they are hauntingly beautiful. Our bride is an artist; a free spirit whose passion to create drives her wedding dreams.

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Think ethereal and beautiful bridal style; captivating calligraphy with an organic twist; florals to steal your heart and a cake to enchant your very soul. Beautiful bride Rachel wears a bespoke Ailsa Munro gown with natural, artistic make up by lovely Stefanie Grisdale. Calligraphy from By Moon & Tide sets the scene; exquisitely crafted hair accessories and a showstopper cake are both by Amy Swann.

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Two of the hottest trends for 2017/18 weddings are bridal separates and urban chic. Combining both gives a contemporary romance, an independence from traditional expectations and a beautiful individuality to wedding styling.

Today we’re featuring a shoot with the most exciting aesthetic: fabulously textured bouquets and florals with dark foliage and statement blooms, and those beautiful bridal separates by our new favourite designer Ailsa Munro. The shoot took place in Pembrokeshire – the locations and backdrops create images with a spirit which truly captures my heart, and the images of the skirt catching the breeze are outstanding…


Images are by Nic Ford, who is based in Pembrokeshire. Nic’s wedding photography has a distinct and compelling fashion edge; her images are vibrant, full of personality and beautiful to behold. Check out her website and social media here:

nicfordphotography.wordpress.com
Facebook.com/pg/Nicfordphotographer
Instagram.com/nicfordweddingphotographer

Supplier info:

Bridal separates by Ailsa Munro, Cornwall
Images by Nic Ford Photographer, Pembrokeshire
Hair and MUA @salt_salon
Flowers www.no21flowers.co.uk















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Do you find wedding planning can be overwhelming sometimes? You’re not alone if you find you have a million questions to ask, about every aspect of your wedding. Organising a wedding isn’t something any of us do every day, it’s all new territory and a little crazy at times. I read so many questions from couples – do we need this? how does this work? and so often, why does this cost so much? It’s fine to ask! We have a lot of the answers here in our Advice archives.

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I love Ailsa Munro‘s dresses: Ailsa is by far and away my favourite independent wedding dress designer, and she’s written this wonderful piece for us today about the cost of a bespoke wedding dress. I hope you enjoy it!Claire

Since I started my own business I’ve been confronted with two quite different opinions about my pricing strategy. Brides sometimes expect having a dress made for them to be cheaper than going to a bridal boutique, whereas other industry professionals have told me I’m undercharging (most of my dresses cost around £1800-£2500). A blog post by Olivia Bossert inspired me to explain what goes into the cost of your couture wedding dress.

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I actually get butterflies when I scroll through these images. The spirit of our wild coastline is captured so perfectly, peacefully, bringing a sense of oneness with nature. I adore the landscapes – the dramatic Cornish coastline holds a piece of my heart, always. This is more than a collection of images: this is the freedom of spirit, the beauty I’d want to feel on my wedding day.

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The incredible bridal separates are by Cornwall-based dressmaker Ailsa Munro. Ailsa’s bridalwear is insanely beautiful to wear, with such wonderful fabrics you’ll be smitten instantly. Any beach bride would feel like a goddess in this, don’t you think?

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I adore our bride’s pretty but somehow beachy, surf-chick little plait; her jewellery is delicate, elegant and works perfectly with her look. Do please take a little time this morning to discover all of the wonderful suppliers involved in today’s wedding inspiration shoot, not least lovely Olivia Bossert Wedding Photography, who is based in Cornwall.

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Brighten your very heart with this beautifully whimsical countryside inspiration shoot… it’s a dream and I know you’ll LOVE it! Country-loving couples, this is especially for you. The styling is magical, the images are beautiful – so light and bright and full of life. The bride’s outfit is divine – sublime bridal separates by the wonderfully talented dressmaker Ailsa Munro in Cornwall. And the flowers… wow…. words can’t even begin!!

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All images are by lovely Margo R Photography; full supplier credits below. The images were taken at a photography workshop organised by the amazing Liberty Pearl Photography in Devon.

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Venue: http://www.deerparkcountryhotel.co.uk
Styling & photography training by: https://libertypearlphotography.com
Floral designs: http://bloomandflourish.co.uk
Dress: http://www.ailsamunrodressmaker.com
MUA and Hair: http://www.theeventstudios.co.uk
Props: https://www.propfactory.co.uk
Stationery: http://www.anondesigner.co.uk
Cake: http://emilyhankins.co.uk
Men’s suit: https://www.teamobrides.co.uk and model’s own
Hair accessories: https://www.facebook.com/TheLucky6pence/?hc_location=ufi
Silk Ribbons: http://www.lancasterandcornish.com

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See more from Margo R Photography here:

http://www.margorphotography.com
Facebook.com/margorphotography

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Planning your wedding is exciting, daunting, adventurous and overwhelming… a bit of a rollercoaster at times, full of thrills and dramas – and a little help can go a long way! Get sensibly inspired – it’s a thing! – today with these simple, down-to-earth and super useful tips from our friends at Launcells Barton in Cornwall.

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{All images by lovely Travers & Brown}

1. Create a day to suit you both, and make it personal

Forget anything you’ve read or heard about the ‘ideal’ wedding, and start from scratch with your own ideas. Ultimately, this is going to be the Best Day Ever for both of you, so having a wedding that reflects your style and tastes is the most important thing.

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2. Watch as your wedding venue changes with the seasons

It’s a really good idea to re-visit your wedding venue at the same time of year as you’ll be getting married.

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Discover something incredibly beautiful, unique and oh so perfect for your English wedding. Supporting independent businesses is important: the Maggie Sotteros of this world can do without your custom so please explore other amazing wedding dress designers and boutiques before you plump for a mainstream ‘designer’ dress – your wedding dress experience will be so much more precious if you do!

Ailsa Munro is a regular reader of the English Wedding Blog and designer of some of the loveliest, most enchanting gowns I’ve ever seen. Ailsa is based in the South West where she makes bespoke wedding dresses in her signature romantic style.

All of Ailsa Munro’s dresses are made completely in the UK and are one of a kind. Her collection is breathtakingly beautiful with designs to suit every bride. I’m in love with the flowing fabrics, the billowing skirts and stunning shapes… this is a collection no English bride-to-be should miss.

Discover the magic of Ailsa Munro for yourself:

www.ailsamunrodressmaker.com
Instagram.com/ailsamunrodressmaker
Facebook.com/ailsamunrodressmaker