calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (6)
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Hey lovelies! If you’re in Manchester this Friday come and join me…

We’re getting our glitter ON this Friday in Manchester – with only 3 days to go until my Festive Modern Calligraphy Workshop the last few tickets are just £55!

This promises to be a lovely, relaxing and fun calligraphy workshop and I’m really looking forward to it! Calligraphy kits for everyone will include some special goodies we’ve never used before – and I’ll show you how to make your very own calligraphy Christmas tree (it’s easier than it looks, I promise!)

You get to take home your calligraphy pen and nib, all the worksheets from the class, and some festive goodies… bauble gift tags, personalised cloche baubles which you will MAKE, and your very own, very special Christmas card!

Come and join us – last-minute tickets do tend to sell quickly and we have just four left!!

Calligraphy workshop tickets & info here

calligraphy classes for beginners from Claire Gould at By Moon and Tide, photo credit Zehra Jagani (2)

Photos by lovely Zehra Jagani (starring Rima!)

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How many of you lovely lot are planning to make your own wedding stationery? Quite a few, I guess – but knowing where to start can be pretty overwhelming!

The secret to stunning, modern wedding stationery that doesn’t look dated and – well, a bit ‘meh’ – is to keep the details super personal, unfussy and uncluttered. Wedding invites in 2019 will be minimal, beautiful and with a real personal touch… and learning just a little modern calligraphy can set you right on the path to creating fabulous stationery your guests will LOVE!

Here’s the thing. As well as wedding blogging I do a little calligraphy. I teach classes around the north west (and I’m planning a bit of a jaunt around the UK next summer so holler if you know a venue and would like me to come and teach near you!) – and I design wedding stationery. This year I’ve even launched my very first Wedding Calligraphy Workshop (places available here – it’s in Manchester in April)!

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Hey lovelies! I have something special for all of you crafty brides and grooms – I’ve launched a nice chunky handful of NEW modern calligraphy workshops for 2019, and one of them will be ESPECIALLY for wedding calligraphy. This is the first workshop of its kind in the UK (or anywhere, as far as I know!) and will focus on helping you create beautifully lettered items for your wedding.

If you’re tying the knot in 2019, have crafty tendencies and love lettering, then this is going to be the perfect workshop for you! Why not bring along your bridesmaids, or your mum or your other half – and I’ll introduce you to beautiful modern calligraphy so you can design gorgeous goodies for your wedding day!

We’ll learn how to write a simple calligraphy alphabet and chat about wedding styling ideas with your beautiful lettering skills!

On the day we’ll write –

  • Alphabet sample sheets
  • Place cards for you and your other half!
  • A personal wedding monogram (with my help!)
Jane Austen wedding style inspiration from Oxford Hall, with Katy Melling Photography (27)
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Two words I’ve been hearing quite often as we approach 2019 are ‘heirloom’ and ‘heritage’ – brides and grooms are looking more to our culture and history than ever before, for inspiration for wedding styling. ‘Vintage’ as a source of wedding ideas is still hugely popular, with couples now looking for venues with their own character and unique history. So this inspirational feature from Doxford Hall has to be one of my favourite shoots of ALL TIME! It’s a perfect fit for English Wedding too of course, with a nod to Jane Austen and such delightful styling touches! The calligraphy is mine – I’m so proud to have been a part of such a beautiful photoshoot (and my paper goodies get to visit such wonderful places!)

Claire xx

Jane Austen wedding style inspiration from Oxford Hall, with Katy Melling Photography (2)

Crafted from mellow stone, with its formal gardens and manicured lawns, featuring Europe’s largest yew tree maze, Doxford Hall is a dreamy, romantic and photogenic venue, and Northumbria’s only four red star wedding venue. To celebrate its bicentenary, a creative team channelled their love of beautiful things and shared passion for the finer things in life, to create a Jane Austen-inspired styled bridal shoot to capture the elegance and romance of this beautiful country wedding venue.

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Happy Tuesday lovelies! Are you getting married in 2019? Will florals be a big part of your styling? Love a bit of greenery? Last question: are you still looking for your wedding invitations? If you said yes just now, then I have a very special offer to share with you, exclusive to English Wedding Blog readers!

Your exclusive 10% saving

Save 10% off these stunning designer wedding invitations, made for the English Wedding Blog by Amy Swann and By Moon & Tide.

We called the design ‘Serenity‘, inspired by the beautiful artwork, which is reprinted from an original piece by Amy Swann. The florals and colour palette are timelessly beautiful and perfect for a spring to late summer wedding.

To save, simply quote code SERENITY10 at the checkout when you place your order.

Click here to claim your discount!

‘Serenity’ is a full wedding stationery collection with Save the Dates, invitations and matching inserts, place names, seating plans, on-the-day stationery and thank you cards. The discount applies to invitations only.

Have you seen…

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Purple wedding style inspiration with calligraphy By Moon and Tide, photo credit Camilla Lucinda Photography (2)
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Earlier in the year I joined forces with the team at Lakes & Cumbria Wedding Magazine to launch their very first issue – and we had an absolute blast, creating a stunning cover shoot with ultraviolet stationery and florals. This year has passed by in a whirlwind, but I wanted to tell all of you beautiful people about the magazine before issue 2 comes out in the autumn!

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It’s the first time I’ve worked hand in hand with magazine publishers, and the girls working on the magazine are such lovely, enthusiastic and happy people I enjoyed every second of the process!

Purple wedding style inspiration with calligraphy By Moon and Tide, photo credit Camilla Lucinda Photography (8)

The magazine cover shoot was also a fabulous chance for me to work with some of my favourites again – lovely Camilla Lucinda Photography was a star, beautifully capturing the gorgeous editorial I created with Katie from Made in Flowers, Julia Tasker Bridal Couture, Keseme at Le Petit Salon and Ashley from Greg Malloy Hairdressing – not forgetting our lovely hosts The Forest Side and our beautiful bride Jade Hodgson.

Wedding editorial from Wivenhoe House, image credit Ayshea Goldberg Photography (17)
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Wivenhoe House in Essex is a beautiful contradiction of two worlds: historic grandeur and sleek contemporary lines. For wedding guest accommodation it looks stunning; for celebrating your day with loved ones its modern garden room provides chic and elegant styling while the historic house has old English character – ideal for romantic wedding photography.

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Our lovely friend and Essex wedding photographer Ayshea Goldberg spent a beautiful day at Wivenhoe photographing this stunning wedding editorial to share with us.

The contemporary garden room inspired the modern styling of Luca’s Cakes wedding cake – a showstopper if ever I saw one! – while the beautiful gowns, blousy florals and romantic colour palette are timeless and ultra feminine.

Wedding editorial from Wivenhoe House, image credit Ayshea Goldberg Photography (8)

Contact & Bookings: Ayshea Goldberg Photography

AJG-Photography.co.uk
Twitter.com/ajg_photography
Facebook.com/AysheaGoldbergPhotography

See the full supplier list at the end of the feature for more supplier info.

 

 

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Photography – Ayshea Goldberg – www.ajg-photography.co.uk

Venue: Wivenhoe House – https://www.wivenhoehouse.co.uk

Dress: Lacey’s bridal boutique – http://www.laceysbridalboutiqueclacton.co.uk

Cake: Luca’s Cakes – http://www.lucascakes.co.uk

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So you’ve planned your colour palette, your centrepieces, your napkins and chair decorations for the wedding reception. There’s a sign at the entrance and a table plan so guests can find their places… the one thing missing is your place name cards. You really want to give your guests something personal, but you’re at the end of your wedding budget and you just can’t afford to splash out any more! – I have the solution.

These sweet calligraphy place names from By Moon & Tide Calligraphy are all you need to welcome your guests as they sit for the wedding reception. Prices start from 50p per tag – so if you’re inviting 80 guests you’ll only pay £40 for the simplest style…

By Moon & Tide has 34 place name card options in its Etsy shop, so you can choose from a range of gorgeous colours (off-white, pink, rustic kraft and navy blue are our faves) and stunning inks from black through to metallic gold. Best sellers include the navy cards with gold lettering, a huge hit for 2018 brides and grooms.

Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (6)
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Last summer I styled an editorial photoshoot very close to home – as many of you know, I live on the edge of the Lake District and within minutes’ walk of the beach. When lovely Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography suggested we do a photoshoot here, I just couldn’t say no. I’m a huge believer in letting your surroundings influence the style of your day, and my choice of suppliers to take part in the shoot was inspired by the wild beaches of south Cumbria – my favourite place in the world.

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Previously featured on Love My Dress blog (thank you lovely Annabel!), this shoot was designed to show you how to incorporate simple touches inspired by waves and the sea into your wedding day. We styled a simple table with fabrics, foliage and calligraphy in lush blues and golds, with glassware from lovely Narrative Hire.

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Me.

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English Wedding Blogger, calligrapher, Claire Gould by Jenny Jones Photography (12)
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I don’t really talk about me much, so I thought maybe I should come out from hiding behind my screen and tell you / show you who I am and a little bit more about me! Feel free to ignore if you’re looking for wedding dress inspo… but please read on if you’d like me to make your wedding invitations!

Hi! I’m Claire. I write the English Wedding Blog. This is me.

English Wedding Blogger, calligrapher, Claire Gould by Jenny Jones Photography (12)

That was the path to the beach, which starts at the end of the road my house is on. I spend a lot of time there and pretend it’s on the way to the post office. It isn’t – the post office is ten minutes walk away but I go the scenic (beach) way which takes twenty.

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This is my desk. This is where I’m sat writing the blog right now. I don’t have a laptop – my old one got a bit burny one day so I upgraded to a device which I can only work on while I’m sat at my desk. It helps work life balance a LOT!

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If you love where you live, why not incorporate the essence of the place into your wedding day? You really can get married wherever you’d like nowadays – with the help of a celebrant you can say your vows on the beach, on a mountain top, on a boat, a lake… pretty much anywhere. I’m one of those lucky creatives who live close to the Lake District – and today’s blog post is all about bringing the spirit of a place into your wedding styling.

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Previously featured on Love My Dress blog (thank you lovely Annabel!), this shoot was styled and brought to life by me! Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography came to stay, I asked a few more of my favourite suppliers from around the UK to help out, and I’m thrilled to say they did – and all brought their A game on the day!

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Country mansion wedding ideas styling, images by Oobaloos Photography (12)
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Ah, Monday – would you allow me to wear my pyjamas just a little longer while I blog? It’s been a busy old weekend here at English Wedding HQ and I’m just a little sleepy… and yes, I know it’s nearly lunchtime! How was your weekend? Anyways, I have the loveliest wedding style ideas for you today – from my lovely friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography in Cheltenham. Sheryl stepped in at the last minute to capture this beautiful photoshoot from Lords of the Manor Hotel, a former 17th century rectory situated in the heart of the idyllic Cotswolds countryside. I was thrilled when she asked me if I’d send one of the new invitation suites we’re now selling in the English Wedding Shop (go see!) and I’m just over the moon to be sharing all of these lovely images today.

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Oobaloos Photography, Cheltenham