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Wedding inspiration by Emma Jane at Sugnall, image credit Deborah Stott (12)

Happy Saturday, you beautiful people! Whatever your plans today, I hope they’re full of love and hugs – this week has been heartbreaking and it really brings home the need to enjoy every moment we’re lucky enough to be living happily and in love. Publicly on the blog I’m still sharing beautiful things as an escape from the everyday and as a focus on the future – and so today I have something extraordinarily wonderful to show you.

Wedding inspiration by Emma Jane at Sugnall, image credit Deborah Stott (28)

Lovely Emma Jane got in touch to share this stunning walled garden wedding inspo with us all. I adore the styling – the hand lettering, the little golden pears.

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The olive branches and minimalist, pretty cake are divine. But what wins this shoot for me is the absolutely gorgeous bride and groom and their super cute four legged friend… 

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The shoot was based at Sugnall Walled Garden in Staffordshire. The concept was to portray an outdoor, elegant yet rustic feel aptly named “An Outdoor Romance.”

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British brides and stylists constantly amaze me with their skill in combining vintage and modern. Today I have a shoot which does this soooo well: set in the luxurious Biggleswade Mansion House and showcasing the work of a lovely group of local Hertfordshire wedding suppliers – this is fab.

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Images are by the very lovely Lucy Rose Photography.

Lucy told me “the shoot was 1920’s inspired with a beautiful fitted beaded dress and bold make-up on one model and a 1950’s champagne calf length dress on the other model. The wintery weather left a light scattering of snow on the ground which made a great seasonal feel to the shoot and gave the venue a lovely warm tone in the photographs.”

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In the tranquil Hertfordshire countryside stands the elegant Mansion house. Built in the 1870s and filled with 19th century paintings, it was the perfect location and took my breath away the first time I visited.”

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Hello everyone! Have you chosen your wedding venue? I wonder – how did you choose your perfect location? Sometimes practicality comes first: is it convenient to get to, close to home, near a motorway or miles away from anywhere? Sometimes couples make a shortlist but end up falling head over heels in love with a quirky little place they didn’t consider at first! It can be a little like buying a house: a wedding venue can feel just right, or you suddenly imagine yourselves there and you know it’s “the one”.

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Today’s blog post / bridal shoot will help you whether you’ve found your wedding venue or not: if you’re still looking it gives a little more to think about. If you’ve found the perfect venue, it will help you see it in a new light. Images are by my very creative and talented friend Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography, and are from a bridal shoot at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Lancashire.
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Outdoor weddings are a really exciting opportunity for UK brides and grooms in 2014. More and more venues are offering outdoor spaces where you can have your civil ceremony, and rustic styling with influences from nature can be as gorgeous as it is a dream to create!

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But faced with a lawn, a gazebo or an ornate bandstand for your wedding ceremony, how do you begin to decorate your space? Many couples want to personalise their ceremony backdrop and make it theirs, and I think that’s a wonderful idea. Carrying on the theme to wedding tables for the reception will help coordinate your day – and it’s ever so easy to DIY with a little help from the experts!
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I was delighted to be involved in this rustic and natural DIY inspiration shoot with lovely Surrey wedding photographer Karen Flower. Karen told me how much she’d enjoyed styling the shoot, and said “We did all the styling ourselves and used my own linen and bought containers from Ikea” – and isn’t it amazing what you can achieve?!

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Do I need an excuse to share a gorgeous bridal shoot with you this morning? Or can I just jump in?! To be fair, this shoot needs little introduction. It’s for brides who are perhaps planning an autumn wedding, with a very English and chic style. I love it – and the images speak for themselves…

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All photos are by Dotmoxee Photographers.

“Our English garden shoot is inspired by natural autumnal woodland and a modern vintage style. We aimed to inspire English brides, to show that they can still look elegant in the colder months and that even a woodland or garden can be perfect as a setting.”

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Wedding dress supplied by the amazing Fable and Promise Wedding company from their stunning new collection at http://www.fableandpromise.co.uk

Amy of Dolly Millinery was able to show off her beautiful bridal range for which she took inspiration from the 1950s period. The collection includes a stunning feather headband perfect for autumn and winter weddings. http://www.dollymillinery.co.uk

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wedding photography blog Ashford Daly Cheshire (3)A little luxury this morning, coming to you from Iscoyd Park wedding venue in Shropshire. This is a collaborative shoot between wedding suppliers, exercised beautifully to inspire brides with a collection of beautiful wedding dresses, accessories – and of course wedding photography to make you swoon! Dresses are by Jenny Packham, Sabina Motasem, David Fielden and Pronovias; suits are from The Bespoke Tailor.

All the photography is supplied by Ashford Daly Photography, and Mary and Greg have also supplied information to accompany each of the scenes from their bridal shoot. The beautiful models are the photographers’ real clients Penny, Laura, Claire and Sophie.

Josephine backless wedding dress by Sabina Motasem

iscoyd park wedding photography blog (1) If you’ve got it, flaunt it – as Pippa Middleton would quite rightly say! What a beautiful dress – and the back necklace is the perfect accessory. The dress shown above is ‘Josephine’ by Sabina Motasem Bride. Back necklace by and one off vintage head piece ‘Evie’, supplied by Bespoke Tiaras by Sarah Roberts.
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Sometimes the girl takes over. When faced with a sea of pink in, say, Toys R Us, I run in the other direction. But today, seeing this pinkness… it’s like candyfloss, marshmallows and cherry blossom – everything the girl inside me adores. This inspiration shoot is beautifully indulgent, unashamedly pink – and full of ideas for a deliciously feminine wedding style.

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Pink is still a favourite colour for brides – and an indulgently pink wedding theme has to say something about the groom too: he’s either head over heels in love and just wants his bride to have the day she’s always dreamed of or he’s in touch with his feminine side! So girls, boys – join me to enjoy lots and lots and lots of pinkness on English Wedding blog today.

Bridal inspiration shoot – as sweet as candy

Photography by Cristina Rossi

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Cristina told me, “I organised this lovely bridal styled shoot that took place at Tea Party UK in Finchley. It is a lovely little room owned by Samantha Check, she hosts hen tea parties with beautiful china in very pink surroundings.

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wedding photo blog by Carla Thomas (16)I’m posting a 1950s wedding inspiration shoot today for two reasons: one, the dresses and make up are so pretty – I couldn’t resist! two, I love hearing how creative shoots like this come about. Wedding photographer Carla Thomas got in touch and told me about her inspiration for the shoot and how the idea grew to involve a great team of wedding suppliers and some fabulous dresses and accessories.

I was going to call this blog post “one lucky man’s day out” but I thought that would be a bit naughty. I’d better hand over to Carla…

“We wanted the shoot to epitomize the grandeur of the socialites of the 1950s – choosing to steer clear of the stereotypical milkshake shop image of the era and instead basing our shoot on the style of wedding that would have been attended by the rich and wealthy.

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This morning as we all shiver our way through the day I have some more winter bridal inspiration to share with you. I loved this shoot, with beautiful images by wedding photographer Brett Symes -with help from make-up artist Tora Young and stylist Natalie Dale. Brett has photographed numerous bridal fashion shoots, many of which have ended up in the national wedding magazines. He told me, “it’s incredible how these shoots start in influence and spill over into the way in which I photograph a wedding”.

Winter wedding look one: ethereal lace

by wedding photographer Brett Symes (7)by wedding photographer Brett Symes (1)Lace is a huge trend in 2012 weddings. Kate Middleton made a big statement with her beautiful lace sleeves (the story of which still brings shivers up my spine: lacemakers having to wash their hands every 20 minutes, the lace so very delicate and fine) – but there’s none of the formality of Kate’s dress here. Lace is beautiful and ethereal, a fabric so intricate spiders could have made it for the queen of the fairies in a forest…

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Morning everyone! A little treat today in the form of a bridal shoot with a classy vintage style. A collaboration of wedding suppliers including the fabulous FCNK, there are some great ideas for brides here too.

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I’m a big fan of sixties and seventies make up and styling: I’d kill for a willowy figure to match my daily slash of black eyeliner! and the sixties sounds like so much fun to have lived in… so when wedding photographer Kat Hill got in touch with this gorgeous, glamorous vintage shoot to share on English Wedding blog I said yes! I hope you love it too! Kat shares her inspiration for the shoot below.

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The idea for this bridal shoot started bubbling away in my head a few months ago when I came across the Town Hall hotel, a really unique hotel nestled away in London’s East End. I fell in love with it straight away, it’s such a wonderfully quirky mix of traditional charm with retro and modern twists. It sounds a bit ambitious, but it really works! The hotel is decorated throughout with works by up-and-coming artists and they’ve shot scenes from Atonement, Brideshead Revisited and Poirot there.

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Yesterday I blogged a brilliantly eccentric bridal shoot from The Wedding Affair, with photography by Joe Dodsworth and set at Newby Hall. You will of course remember it for the antique military uniform, sword – who knew Wilkinson Sword made swords?! – and Ben, the horse. Missed it? Click: Jane Austen inspired bridal shoot

Today I have some behind the scenes photos from the shoot to share with you. They’re all by wedding photographer Nicky Chadwick, who was there to ‘shoot the shoot’ – so we get to see what goes on at a bridal shoot like this one. First of all – yesterday’s blog convinced me Anastasia had fallen from the pages of a Jane Austen novel. So let’s start with her looking very 21st century…

Wedding blog Jane Austen feature photography by Nicky Chadwick (16)

Photographer: Nicky Chadwick www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

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Photographer: Nicky Chadwick www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

Photographer Joe Dodsworth directs model Chris – and I’d love to know what Chris thinks of his outfit! Definitely not the usual modelling work, hey?!

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Photographer: Nicky Chadwick www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

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Photographer: Nicky Chadwick www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

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Photographer: Joe Dodsworth www.joedodsworth.co.uk

I’ll warn you before I begin: this is a bit mad! Inspiration for your wedding day can come from anywhere – your taste in music, your love of books… perhaps you’ve read Pride and Prejudice, or you fancy yourself as a bit of an Emma?

I love bridal shoots. I love to see what photographers and wedding suppliers come up with when they get together to do something creative. In this case, a rather eclectic group of very talented people brought Jane Austen’s fantasies back to life in a way that’s so ‘English Wedding’ I couldn’t possibly say no! Lisa from The Wedding Affair has written a little about the shoot below. Smile, giggle if you wish, and enjoy the drama!

The Wedding Affair Jane Austen Military Photo Shoot at Newby Hall

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Photographer: Joe Dodsworth www.joedodsworth.co.uk

When we decided to do a photoshoot at the stunning Newby Hall in preparation of our October wedding fair, we looked to its history for our inspiration. For those who don’t already know, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park was filmed there a few years ago and there we found our answer – a Jane Austen inspired shoot. Perfect!