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Did you see the genius that was Hannah and Ian‘s wedding cake table at the beginning of the month? They had three ‘cakes’ – beautifully displayed to fit the styling of their autumn wedding, but while the tiers were all there, these weren’t traditional wedding cakes by any means.

Some of us don’t like cake so much. Some of us would rather have a savoury snack than spend £300+ on a wedding cake. That’s fine… especially when, like Hannah and Ian, you can substitute pork pies (tiered – so they’re beautiful!) or a cheese selection. Yum, right?

A few weeks ago I had an email from the guys at The Fine Cheese Co. It’s been a couple of years since their last mention on the English Wedding Blog, and they offered to send me some cheese to sample and review for the blog. Who could possibly say no?!

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2017 will be a wonderfully creative year for weddings – I’m seeing influences from the art world wherever I look, and the artists and designers in the UK wedding industry are reaching new levels of amazingness every single day. I love this – shot with true artistic flair, By Harriet launches her beautiful collection of luxe handcrafted accessories in blinding style!

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Words: By Harriet | Images: Ally Byrom

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The Cornucopia shoot styling was inspired by a combination of two different artistic influences, the postors of Mucha and the paintings of the PreRaphaelites. The romantic, delicate and dreamy nature of the designs by Harriet seemed to be crying out to be presented in this way, so we rifled through my books (I’ve always been a bit of an art history boffin) to look at the shapes, flowers colours and styles, and see how they could be presented for modern brides to complete their look.

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I have a bright and summery wedding to make your screens happy this morning. The lovely light blues of the wedding are gorgeous, bride Anna is stunning, the venue is crazy-beautiful… there is so much inspiration for you here it’s fabulous!

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“We had a very blank canvas to work with, which is what we wanted. So we got a few ideas from Pinterest and went with a bright, friendly summery colour palette.

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“We loved friends and family getting involved in the experience with us. We were lucky that our family were extremely supportive and understanding. We felt no pressure whatsoever to do anything in a certain way, they were just keen to help in any way they could. My mother made some cute hanging hearts, parents and siblings helped with the cakes, and friends and family helped with some of the smaller flowers and vases. It was the more the merrier to be involved really!

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Today’s wedding is sublime. It’s timeless, sophisticated, and fuses contemporary styling with inspired nods to history and old English grandeur. Look closely for the tap shoes, admire the fabulous stationery (by my friends at Noble Fine Art), and join me in falling head over heels for this stunning Castle Howard wedding.

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Castle Howard has the most beautiful exterior and interior. We had candelabras up the grand staircase and candelabras along the three long tables in the Long Gallery, not very often done at Castle Howard (where there are usually round tables).

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For the evening party downstairs in the Grecian Hall we wanted a big contrast, which meant we had multi colours running up the pillars and large 5 Foot J&D, LOVE and MR & MR lights which made the rooms look incredible!”

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Images are by Yorkshire-based wedding photographer Ally Byrom. Discover more from this wonderfully talented lady here:

http://allybyrom.com
https://www.facebook.com/PhotographyByAllyByrom
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https://uk.pinterest.com/allybyrom/

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Karin and Dan’s outdoor wedding in Guernsey is light, and bright, and full of gorgeous flowers and DIY details. They had a beautifully decorated marquee for their wedding breakfast – filled with lovely hessian and lace, and the prettiest flowers. I adore all their carefully chosen details: rustic kraft cards, logs, raffia and rope – oh and the table numbers are just brilliant!

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Karin wears the prettiest Suzanne Neville dress, which she bought from The Bridal Boutique in Leeds. She has high praise for the boutique (always wonderful to hear!) and – once again this week – wishes she could wear her dress all the time! Doesn’t she look stunning?

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Images are by lovely UK wedding photographer Ally Byrom. Wherever you are in the UK, please do check out Ally’s work. She travels throughout the UK from her Yorkshire base to photograph weddings:

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I hope you love today’s real wedding feature as much as I do! Enjoy.
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