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I’m a little bit in love with today. I am feeling full of the joys of spring – and we have so many wonderfully floral, vibrant and fresh wedding style features heading your way over the next few weeks I can’t wait. But today – today’s a little more special than most.

Lilac and lemon wedding style ideas at Oxleaze Barn with Amanda Karen Photography (27)

I’m thrilled to be featuring a styled wedding shoot by my friend and sponsor Amanda Karen Photography, with some of the loveliest names in the UK wedding industry. The colours – a super pretty palette of lilac and lemon – are divine. The details are just perfect. Those beautiful ribbons by Kate Cullen… fabulous. Stationery is by Megan Riera, whose gorgeous looping letterforms are right up my street! And those amazing flowers… they’re the work of the incredibly talented Jodie at Acacia. I’m so in love with today, I can’t tell you!Claire

Lilac and lemon wedding style ideas at Oxleaze Barn with Amanda Karen Photography (10)

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Wedding DIY, crafts and making everything at home is brilliant. I LOVE the revival of crafts and how brides and grooms (and mums and bridesmaids) are getting their fingers glittery and glue in their hair. You ROCK.

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Image credit (for all photographs used in today’s article) Rob Tarren Photography. For suppliers of items listed please see links at the end of today’s blog post.

It’s also what blogs are all about. We exist to share ideas, to show you new styles and help couples share their real wedding crafts with the world. Every great wedding blog is full of styling touches which we hope will inspire you to get your craft on… or shop from the best wedding designers and crafters who will get glittery on your behalf.

Handcrafted or homemade – it’s all good.

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But more and more often brides tell me about a design – say for a cake, an invite or a table plan – which they found online and copied / asked someone to copy for them.

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Happy Friday lovelies! It’s been an amazing week here at English Wedding Blog HQ… we’ve booked our second Manchester calligraphy workshop and had some amazing weddings and styled shoots in our inbox (but there’s always room for more – hint!!!). Here’s something I’ve been soooo excited to share with you for weeks now… a wedding ideas feature with copper and pastel tones, beautiful photography and the most ridiculously gorgeous flowers you can imagine…

Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (7)

Today’s feature comes from the wonderful Bowtie & Belle Photography, aka Thomas and Samantha who are Cotswolds-based fine art photographers. Samantha told me, “For a long time we’ve had one theme in our heads, an idea to create beautiful imagery inspired by one of our favourite parts of the wedding day – the drinks reception.

Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (19)
Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (28)

Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (30)

The invitation suite by Lizzy May Designs is adorable; the flowers by Garden & Wild are simply out of this world. Sophie’s hair (by Bella Bridal) is so pretty – a really special wedding day for those of you with long locks…

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Do you love hydrangeas as much as I do? Those gorgeous handfuls of delicate blue petals have inspired many an English wedding and I look forward to their arrival every summer.  I have the most deliciously beautiful wedding ideas shoot to share with you today. We’re talking dreamy blue hydrangeas in a serene Cotswolds setting – a truly idyllic barn location… and you’ll LOVE this!

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Images are by Rob Tarren Photography, and the shoot was styled by Emma from The Flower Girls. The flowers are incredible and those hydrangeas are only the beginning of today’s beauty… there’s gold leaf, divine dresses and the most amazing gardens to inspire your own wedding along a pretty blue theme.

Hydrangea wedding ideas blog with images by Rob Tarren Photography (19)Hydrangea wedding ideas blog with images by Rob Tarren Photography (20)

Emma told me, “The Priors Barn at Brockworth in Gloucestershire is a hidden gem. It’s set in manicured gardens and treasured by the owners, complete with its own lake.” It really is an inspiring place… I could lose myself in those incredible gardens as easily as I’ve lost my heart to these beautiful images.