Eleni and Shane's stunning Dulwich Village wedding, images by Emily Black Photography (35)
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Forgive me, lovelies, because today’s wedding has more images than I normally post… it’s just that there are so many little stories in today’s gorgeous celebration, and the little sequences of images tell them so beautifully! (Watch out for my fave – when Shane sees Eleni in her second dress his jaw literally drops!) So welcome to the wedding of gorgeous couple Eleni & Shane, who wed in October at Belair House in Dulwich Village, London. Their photographer was our lovely friend and English Wedding sponsor, London wedding photographer Emily Black.

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“I was quite relaxed about my dress – I bought it online in the sale at BHLDN.com, and had it shipped from America. I knew I wanted an ankle length dress, and when I saw “my” dress, I fell in love – I also knew I wanted to have some amazing shoes. I was also lucky enough to be gifted a Needle & Thread wedding dress from a friend, which I had altered to be ankle length also and wore that after dinner for dancing the night away.

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This is how to get noticed by a wedding blogger. In fact… I will be amazed if every wedding blogger in the world doesn’t want a little piece of this shoot… because it’s divine. And different. And creative. And has more wow factor than any other bridal collection shoot I’ve seen – ever.

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The child inside me wants to play in the amazing glass chapel. The calligrapher side of me wants to write something beautiful on every inch of gorgeous stained glass. And the girl in my heart wants to dance summer days away in the incredibly pretty and romantic boho inspired wedding dresses by BHLDN.

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As much as I want to describe the images I’m about to show you, I don’t think words could do them justice. So find a quiet space and get scrolling… you will LOVE this!claire gould english wedding blog signature

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Will you buy your dress from a traditional boutique, online or from an independent designer? Whichever you choose, the choice is wider than ever before and you absolutely mustn’t feel pressured to stick with tradition… my top tips for wedding dress shopping are to avoid Ebay at all costs, consider Oxfam and other charities, and think seriously about buying online. Which is where the latest collection from international bridal store BHLDN comes in…

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claire gould calligrapher signatureThe Twice Enchanted collection is rich with choice – there’s delicious embroidery and dazzling beadwork alongside glamorous back detail and exciting, glamorous cascading skirts – I adore the new collection from BHLDN and I hope it inspires you too!

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With stars in her eyes and bows on her shoes, the beauty of the ages finds no truer existence than in the portrait of a lady in love. In what can only be described as a modern day fairytale, we find a dazzling bride-to-be reveling both in the majestic nature of her surroundings and in the sweet gaze of her companion. From this noble love story comes BHLDN’s “Twice Enchanted” fall lookbook, a true celebration of intricate design in all forms.  

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You just can’t beat a theatrical venue – and today’s is a showstopper! You’ll love it… Sarah and Nigel were married in Brighton and had their reception at Brighton Music Hall… with three fabulous tipis for dancing the night away!

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Sarah is a genius – she wore a beautiful bridesmaid dress instead of a wedding dress: it’s elegant and graceful and beautifully different. She looks amazing. I would love to see more brides doing the same: there are some incredible evening dresses and bridesmaid dresses out there… and they’d make the loveliest bridal gowns!

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I love everything about this wedding – first and foremost the creativity in planning and styling the day. Sarah says “Do what you can yourselves. Flowers, stationery, cakes.  And if you do buy then don’t automatically go for the wedding option as these will be a lot more expensive. We just got normal cakes and dressed them up ourselves and my dress was a bridesmaid dress, so a fraction of the cost of a bridal gown.” Brilliant advice – and there’s more at the end of the blog feature today. Enjoy!

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I’m delighted to share with you the brand new wedding dress collection from BHLDN – here are my personal favourite picks from over 30 new gowns in the collection, which is available to buy online.

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You’ll adore the stunning creative images shot in Mexico (OK so usually I feature shoots from England… but it’s January, I needed the escape!) where BHLDN’s creative concept of “The Painted Garden” is brought to life by model Vlada Roslyakova dressed in ethereal looks that mirror the whimsical nature of her surroundings.

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Whether it be with sheer elements like illusion necks and backs, intricate back details, extra fine lace or voluminous trains, each gown is unique in its effortless ability to capture your attention despite the overwhelming beauty of the vibrant colors, rich textures and natural sunlight of the gardens. Accessories are not long forgotten as floral headpieces, sparkling bridal jewellery and delicate wedding shoes add an extra element of elegance to every image.

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Savvy brides look for dresses which will never date. Timeless styles are worth their weight in gold… and while ruffles and bling can be exciting and new for a while, graceful design wins out for me every time. BHLDN is an international brand shipping overseas (including to the UK) from the US. Their new lookbook is well worth a look…

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BHLDN‘s black and white imagery evokes a sense of timelessness and highlights the extraordinary details and impeccable craftsmanship of the featured gowns. The Iconic Collection radiates elegance (with a hint of playfulness) and captures the spirit of iconic women of both past and present. The collection is luxurious yet approachable and distinguishes style from trend.

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I fell in love with Danielle and Phung’s Notley Abbey wedding as soon as I saw the images: their vibrant colours and beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony stole my heart. This was an international celebration with family travelling from all over the world. Danielle bought her stunning dress in New York, the table plan was a world map (it’s fab!) and there was a tea ceremony as well as the outdoor wedding and reception.

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I adore Notley Abbey for its grounds and grandeur: truly a favourite English wedding venue. Danielle told me, “The setting was amazing, but the small touches such as the flowers, family pictures, and wooden signs added our personal touch.”

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Images are by lovely Sally and Don of Reid Photography, based in Milton Keynes. Do find out more about them:

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Watch out for the cutest little bridesmaids and enjoy the fabulous florals in this enchanting summer wedding. The bride and groom are – it goes without saying – totally gorgeous – and I know you’re going to love today’s wedding on the blog.
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