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Hey gorgeous! Pop your sunglasses on – it’s about to get awfully bright in here!

Today’s wedding inspiration could have turned out very differently. It’s the first shoot Rachel from Rose Petals Vintage has created, and we love the vibrant colours – but that wasn’t the plan to begin with! It all began with one word: vintage. But that’s not so easy to define!

Surely by vintage I meant a tea length dress, with a vintage hairstyle and pastel colours right? Wrong, I used the word vintage thinking it was easy to explain, quirky, a little alternative – and because I knew I would be doing a vintage hairstyle and wanted a vintage dress. It wasn’t that simple. Although I have a passion for vintage fashion, hair and design, I also like bright colours not usually associated with vintage. I love peacocks, and I love the countryside. So the styled shoot I had imagined morphed into something quite different once I had seen the many different things on offer!

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Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (31)

Approach any wedding creative with an idea for dramatic and beautiful styling, and they’ll be your best friend forever. There’s something especially exciting about working with darker colour palettes, dramatic contrasts and an alternative wedding look which we all love. I was thrilled to be asked to create stationery for this breathtaking styled bridal shoot with Jo Bradbury Photography last year. It’s one of my favourite collaborations of all time and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you today! Jo has an artfulness to her photography which I absolutely adore. We’ve featured her beautiful weddings on the blog before – she works across the north west, photographing dreamy celebrations in a romantic editorial style.

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The shoot has already been featured in the beautiful Unveiled magazine – you can still buy previous issues here – so you may well have seen some of these pics in print already. If you haven’t, then this will be a treat for you today! As much as I loved writing the calligraphy pieces (gold ink on black textured papers is my fave!) it’s the flowers and cake which steal my heart.


Hello there everyone! I hope you’re well, and snuggly warm, and looking forward to your last day at work any minute now! As we all wind down for Christmas, I’ve been busier than ever finding some gorgeous wedding ideas for you, and today I’d like to share some gorgeous woodland wedding inspiration with you. Enjoy!
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Accessorise your loose, wavy bridal hair with this gorgeous Daisy and Burlap Hippie Tie Woodland Wedding Headband by BeSomethingNew on Etsy


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Splash out on this incredible alternative guest book: Midsummer nights dream wedding Fairytale Forest Woodland Wedding guest book and storybook scrapbook album by LotusBluBookArt on Etsy


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Create fabulous signage with handmade and hand lettered wood: Woodland wedding inspiration via 100 Layer Cake from Heyday Events ( & Natasha Hurley Photography (

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Get a cute, chic woodland look for your wedding cake with this rustic woodland wedding cake topper by WhichGoose on Etsy


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Your guests will be talking about this statement stand: Rustic Woodland Wedding Cake Stand by DaliasWoodland on Etsy


Cake, cheesecake or cheese cake? When it comes to alternative wedding cakes these days you can have anything your tastes and budget allow: from a six foot croquembouche to a mini cupcake tower and everything in between. It might be all about the looks: tiers and flowers or a cake table maybe. Or perhaps your top priority is taste. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, then a cheese wedding cake could be right up your street!

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Alternative wedding cakes – Purely Wensleydale cheese. Photo credit Yorkshire Dales Cheese Co.

Cheese wedding cakes are the latest trend for weddings and are getting more popular by the day with cheese manufacturers across the country experiencing increased demand for these savoury delights. A few enlightened individuals first enjoyed a cheese wedding cake way back in 2004 and the trend really started to take hold in 2006 – now there are over two dozen British companies creating cheese wedding cakes for couples up and down the country all reporting either steady or increased sales.


Oh my word. I honestly don’t know where to start… today’s wedding is absolutely out of this world. The images are compelling, the design and styling are gorgeous – and best of all, Laura and James had such an amazing day – their very own personal wedding, styled to suit their characters and loves, from music (and lots of it) to playful and gorgeous photography… I LOVE this!

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There’s something about London wedding photographer Marshal Gray which sets him way above the crowd: he captures the beauty and atmosphere of a wedding day in such a unique and contemporary style. Star of all the top UK wedding blogs, his weddings are beautiful without exception – and James and Laura give a glowing review. You’re about to see why!

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I have to add that today’s bride and groom are a fantastic couple – Laura describes their wedding style as “totally ours. Loosely based on an English country garden wedding but with a vintagey vibes and a shabby chic twist.” This is the perfect example of a wedding celebration which follows its own rules, beautifully and with an unforgettable style.


How is everyone on this beautifully sunny Monday morning? It’s blissful here at English Wedding towers – I’ve been for a walk around my little village, along the seafront and through the fields already! Time now for a bit of inspiration in the form of some papery goodness, I think.

Five great alternative wedding invitation ideas

alternative wedding invitation image (2)Alternative wedding invitation 1: the Lotus Flower

Lotus flower alternative wedding invitation found on Without A Hitch – the flower is cut from blue patterned paper and becomes a stunning, different wedding invitation via the magic of origami. A tag attached to the flower has all the information a guest could need!

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For paper- and book-lovers everywhere: these alternative invitations styled from books are divine. A discovery from one of my favourite wedding blogs at Oh So Beautiful Paper.
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Alternative wedding invitation 2: invites in a tin!
Wedding invitation in a tin! How cute is this – shiny, retro, thrifty-looking (but not, thanks to Royal Mail!) – worth it if you love to make a splash with your invites! Discovered at Lovely Package.alternative wedding invitation image (5)