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I have to confess I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about vintage – or what high street stores are calling vintage these days. Here’s the thing: you can’t buy anything vintage in Bhs, or in M&S, or Debenhams. Vintage comes from thrift stores, antique shops, charity shops and car boot sales… and so styling your wedding takes a little more care if you’re looking for “true vintage” appeal.

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Image credit: Albert Palmer Photography from a styled shoot on the English Wedding Blog. See the full shoot here: magical Highland inspired shoot

It’s all just words really, isn’t it… but I don’t like to see shops labelling birdcages* as vintage when they were made in China this year. Fine: sell pretty accessories painted white, with printed illustrations of faded roses and florals – just change the label!

(*I have another thing about birdcages since someone said to me they’re like little prisons for beautiful birds…)

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Happy Christmas Eve Eve, everyone! It’s our last day of publishing on the English Wedding Blog, and I wanted to finish up the year with something gorgeous, luxurious and a little festive… the sort of styled shoot you can snuggle up to with a glass of mulled wine and just enjoy some of our very best sparkle and style.

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We’re bringing you today’s feature from Berkeley Castle, and I hope it will inspire 2016 brides and grooms planning a castle wedding or a luxury stately home celebration.

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Images are by the fabulous Albert Palmer Photography.
Words are by lovely Olivia at Host Event Management.

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Highland Inspired Wedding Shoot

A team of local talented suppliers collaborated at the breathtaking Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire on a crisp Autumn day to capture images with a Scottish theme.

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The shoot theme was decided upon by wedding planner Olivia Mills from Host Event Management: “I wanted to provide something different to inspire brides.  You see so many whimsical, summery shoots on blogs and in magazines, I wanted to create something moody, luxe and rich for brides to be to get ideas from.

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This is beautiful! Katy and Russell were married at Charlton House in Somerset in an elegant and sophisticated celebration with close friends and family.

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Katy looks stunning in her Caroline Castigliano wedding dress, Jimmy Choos and full length veil – but admits she wasn’t completely besotted with her dress! And you know what? That’s absolutely fine by me 🙂 She’s beautiful, and she and Russell look so much in love – the images of their day are heartwarming and magical.

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They decorated Charlton House with delicious little floral table displays, lots of gypsophila and exquisite stationery by Katy’s graphic designer sister, Emily. I love the ‘Nan Jams’ wedding favours and jars of snowdrops (I think it’s the first time I’ve seen snowdrops at a wedding, and they’re the loveliest flowers aren’t they?!) – but I’ll leave you to discover all of the pretty details for yourself. The fabulous images are by Albert Palmer Photography – don’t miss Katy’s wedding report at the end of the feature to see her brilliant reaction to seeing the wedding pictures for the first time! Enjoy.
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