FEATURED

Hello everyone! What a busy week we’re having – oodles of creativity on the blog with lots of wedding DIY ideas and so much more. In the same vein I wanted to bring you a bit of a collaborative guest blog post this afternoon. The lovely Sophie from Sherbet Lace shares her ideas for getting creative with your wedding planning – with a little help from yours truly! Enjoy. Claire xxx

creative wedding ideas sherbet lace (2)

Sophie – Congratulations!! You’re getting married and there is so much to plan and to be excited about! What will you go for? The white and silver colour scheme or the white and gold? The sugared almond favours or the lovehearts?

Claire – …Or does the very notion of sugared almonds make your toes curl and your hair stand on end?! Perhaps even the idea of having a colour scheme at all gives rise to a dramatic sigh from either you or your other half? Yeah – me too.

FEATURED

alternative royal wedding inspiration photo credit Damian Hall (15)Back in the very beginning of English Wedding Blog I wrote my ‘About‘ page to introduce myself. I love pretty things: I adore edgy, provocative and rebellious things as well. My response to the diamond jubilee and Olympics marketing-fest has been halfhearted… until Mat Hepplestone of Red Floral got in touch. Mat’s flower designs are always a revelation – and his flair for the alternative and cutting edge in flower design is unrivalled. With such a top creative team behind this shoot, I’m convinced: Britannia rules!

This is a wedding industry shoot which stands out from the crowd of red, white and blue-bedecked blog features. And while I might sample a cupcake and wave a bit of bunting come jubilee weekend (I’ve moved back to a little Cumbrian village – my Dad will make me!), inside my heart this is the Britannia I can relate to. The story behind the shoot is just as inspiring – over to Mat to tell you more.

FEATURED


As our summers seem to be getting warmer outdoor weddings are finding their way onto the list of ‘must-haves’ for many UK brides and grooms; though the laws are still outdated and you can’t legally sign the register outside it doesn’t stop you from holding your wedding ceremony wherever you want it, indoors or out!

To celebrate all that is outdoor weddings Laurra from One Life Ceremonies, a Yorkshire based business specialising in personal wedding ceremonies that can be held absolutely anywhere, organised a photoshoot at Goldsborough Hall near Harrogate.


Laurra says, “I organised this photoshoot as I wanted to show that you can hold your wedding ceremony wherever you like, it doesn’t have to be in the room of a hotel or a stuffy Register Office, couples are only limited by their imagination and we have conducted weddings in woodlands, fields, by rivers and in Papakata tents.

“I chose Goldsborough Hall as it is a pretty amazing wedding venue and it has the most beautiful grounds and landscaped gardens so I knew would provide a stunning backdrop to the shoot.”

FEATURED

I’ve heard there was a big wedding show in That London this weekend. Sounds brilliant – the Designer Wedding Show. Ah… I wish I could have been there with all the coolest wedding suppliers and UK wedding bloggers out in force!

The Designer Wedding Show

Instead, while everyone was doing the DWS this weekend I was at home in sunny Manchester (yes! sunny!) doing some Pondering. Specifically about creative weddings, the influences in the wedding industry and pressures on brides to have certain things on their wedding days.

Planning a creative wedding

At the ideas stage of wedding planning I think the world is your oyster. It’s easy to dream – and every bride and groom should enjoy this stage of planning. Influences are everywhere: wedding magazines, blogs and websites especially.

A creative wedding in London. Photo credit: www.misterphill.com

Budgeting for a less creative wedding

Dreams are put to one side when the spreadsheets come out, I think. You plan your wedding budget and begin to research the big purchases: you visit your wedding venues, chat with a photographer, try wedding dresses on. And these experiences all bring new influences into your wedding planning: not necessarily good ones!

A couple in love

FEATURED
FEATURED
Bride and groom in love

Bride and groom in love

Part two of Laura and Julian’s wedding is all about the love – their eyes only for each other, the intimate moments captured beautifully on film and the lovely atmosphere of quiet celebration all make for a blog I’m so proud to be able to share with you today. (See yesterday’s amazing photographs of the church and ceremony.)

I love Laura’s dress and her bridal style, the Alice band and everything about her. I live for weddings which are a little alternative, totally unique and beautifully romantic. This, for me, is a perfect wedding.

Images once again are courtesy of Lime Leaf Weddings – photography by Henley and Laura, based in Devon and covering weddings across the UK.

The wedding celebrations start with bubbles

The wedding celebrations start with bubbles

Guests travel on a vintage bus to the wedding reception

The bride, groom and their guests travel on a vintage bus to the wedding reception

The bride and groom hold hands

The bride and groom hold hands

Little ones tuck into the wedding breakfast

Little ones tuck into the wedding breakfast

Laura celebrates with friends and family

Laura celebrates with friends and family

Plenty of champers is enjoyed by all!

Plenty of champers is enjoyed by all!