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Is it too early to wish you all a happy Easter?! I’m feeling excited for the long weekend and desperately hoping for some sunshine and long evenings so I can walk on my beach. What are your plans? Before I clock off this evening, I have a very special offer for wedding suppliers.

Save £20 – join the Directory for only £30 this weekend!

The usual price to join is £50 for a full year. Over the Easter weekend I’m inviting suppliers to apply to join the Directory for just £30 – so what are you waiting for? 🙂

The English Wedding Directory launched last month, and I’m thrilled to have added some wonderful photographers, videographers, designers and wedding bands to our pages over the last few weeks.

The Directory is super easy to navigate and use – do have a peek to see how it works at https://english-wedding.com/the-directory/

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Have you thought about signage for your wedding day – those helpful little details showing your guests where everything is, when stuff will happen, even where they’re sitting? It’s often the little costs which add up on your day, and taking care of these yourselves can save money. Making them pretty is also a lot of fun if you’re a crafty person, and learning how to write beautiful modern lettering is a skill you’ll keep and use for life!

Beautiful modern calligraphy from By Moon and Tide, image credit Eva Tarnok Photography (3)

Images by Eva Tarnok Photography, taken from a shoot we’ll be featuring in a couple of weeks on the English Wedding Blog (supplier list below)

I’m holding two calligraphy workshops in May and June, both in Manchester’s uber cool Northern Quarter. There are still places available for both and I’d love to invite you along. They’re on Friday afternoons, starting at one o’clock and finishing around half past three. The price is £59 and every attendee gets to keep their calligraphy ‘kit’ to take home and play with.

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The romance of late summer sunshine in today’s wedding inspiration shoot has my heart. So many times I ask myself how I’d get married, and today is one of those days where I’m convinced I’d elope and say “I do” in France. The dreamiest images by amazing UK & destination photographer Victoria JK Lamburn have whisked me away to Paris today and as much as I try and concentrate on other work, my heart and mind are at le Tour Eiffel – and I’m in love!

Romance and sunshine in Paris - a beautiful elopement story with Victoria JK Lamburn Photography (8)
Romance and sunshine in Paris - a beautiful elopement story with Victoria JK Lamburn Photography (9)

All of the beautiful images are by super talented photographer & stylist Victoria JK Lamburn Photography. Discover more on Facebook (@vjklphotography) and Instagram (@victoriajklamburn)

Romance and sunshine in Paris - a beautiful elopement story with Victoria JK Lamburn Photography (4)

I supplied the calligraphy for this shoot! Vicky asked me to create something beautiful and bespoke to slip in her suitcase, and the moody hues and informal lettering were such a pleasure to write! You can find out more about my calligraphy at By Moon & Tide.

Romance and sunshine in Paris - a beautiful elopement story with Victoria JK Lamburn Photography (1)

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Timeless wedding style comes from your heart. There’s so much pressure to ‘have’ things for your wedding – and yet, all you really need are the simple things: the two of you, and the things you love. Today’s shoot is beautiful for its simplicity and showcases the loveliest bridal gowns from Julia Tasker‘s Lake District boutique.

Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (24)

Flowers are white; calligraphy graces the walls; the beautiful bride wears the loveliest sparkle and flowers in her hair. Luxury fabrics, elegant lines and gentle sunlight make today’s inspiration simply wonderful.

 

Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (20)

Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (4)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (5)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (6)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (7)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (8)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (9)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (10)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (11)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (12)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (13)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (14)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (15)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (16)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (17)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (18)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (19)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (21)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (22)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (23)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (25)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (26)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (27)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (28)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (29)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (30)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (31)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (32)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (33)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (34)
Beautifully elegant white wedding style inspo from the Lake District, on the English Wedding Blog (35)

I love this shoot for the people who made it happen – wedding suppliers from my neck of the woods who I think are utterly wonderful. Discover them here:

Photography: Andrea Pickering
Dress: Sassi Holford from Julia Tasker Bridal Couture
Hair: Aqua bridal hair
Accessories: Debbie Carlisle
Make-up: Definitions Mobile Beauty
Flowers: Brackens of Bowness
Calligraphy: By Moon & Tide
Venue: Silverholme, Graythwaite Estate

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Every once in a while I like to take a little time to tell you about my friends – the folks I’ve worked with since the beginning of the English Wedding Blog, who I’d recommend without hesitation and whose work I love to feature! (This is basically an excuse to show you something really pretty and wonderful and to brighten the blog and all of your screens on a Tuesday morning!)

Striking wedding images from an artisan bridal shoot in the Lake District by Vickerstaff Photography (5)

Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography has been a friend of the English Wedding Blog since always. He’s a great guy – his photography is creative, artistic, just a little cheeky* and has a wonderfully dark aesthetic which I personally love. We work together pretty often – I write little bits and pieces of calligraphy; we collaborate on the occasional styled shoot (our last was featured on Love My Dress in November) and of course I feature his weddings on the blog whenever I can.

*Jamie’s sense of humour is brilliant – and you’ll understand when you visit his website!

Striking wedding images from an artisan bridal shoot in the Lake District by Vickerstaff Photography (9)Striking wedding images from an artisan bridal shoot in the Lake District by Vickerstaff Photography (13)

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More than anything else I value true craftsmanship and style in the wedding industry. Mass-produced, bland styling touches turn me cold… but show me breathtaking style from independent designers and I fall head over heels in love. Today’s wedding inspo comes from the very best: creatives, artisans and designers whose work I truly adore.

Paper magnolias, calligraphy and dusky blue ethereal beauty - bridal inspo by Jess Petrie Photography (38)

A few simple – but beautifully crafted – details can go a long way on your wedding day. Choose statement pieces and use them sparingly: a stunning dress; a unique and different bouquet and hair accessory – these are the details which will make you feel incredible and ensure your day is truly special. The blue dress is Eden by Claire Pettibone – a stunning favourite from her beautiful Couture Collection, supplied by Yorkshire’s White Room Bridal Boutique. Paper magnolias and the stunning floral hair accessories are by designer and illustrator Amy Swann.

Paper magnolias, calligraphy and dusky blue ethereal beauty - bridal inspo by Jess Petrie Photography (29)

The images are all by Jess Petrie, a fine art wedding photographer based in the north of England. Her photography is stunning; ethereal and sensuous with the most wonderfully creative edge and style, and the most enchanting film photography you can imagine. Discover more from Jess Petrie here:

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Wedding DIY in 2017 is nothing new: we’ve all seen mason jars, glitter craft projects and yards of homemade bunting. But the trend is becoming more focused, with a nod to artisan design and true craftsmanship – simply wrapping everything up in hessian and lace is beginning to look just a little dated.

Beautiful calligraphy in a modern style photographed in Venice by Amanda Karen Photography (6)

The latest wedding style trends are all about skill. We love the abundance of flower workshops all over the UK. We’re excited by crafty hen parties, silversmithing workshops and brides and grooms who embrace a new challenge for their weddings. But our favourite simply has to be calligraphy.

The art of hand lettering is a rare magic. We lost our daily scribbling skills in the early 2000s… but we found a love for beautifully written, carefully crafted and stylised letters. The biggest trend in wedding stationery since ever, calligraphy has real impact and will add the loveliest personal touch to your day.

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I first met Stef on a late spring day at Aspire – she was perched on a hilltop pretending to eat a picnic, surrounded by a dozen or so photographers. My first time at an Aspire photoshoot was all kinds of amazing: I met so many creative folks who’ve been a part of my adventures over the last couple of years.

A beautiful natural look for an artisan bride - photoshoot with Stefanie Grisdale mua and Vickerstaff Photography (8)

Since that magical day Stefanie has featured on the English Wedding Blog many times as model and make up artist. She was the cover girl of our Wedding Book in 2016; she’s modelled for some of my favourite bridal shoots and when I needed a make up artist for our ‘artisan romance’ photoshoot on Love My Dress, she was the first and only person I needed to call.

A beautiful natural look for an artisan bride - photoshoot with Stefanie Grisdale mua and Vickerstaff Photography (4)

There’s something intimate about having your wedding make up and hair done – it’s so important to choose someone who’ll be a real pleasure to have around on your wedding day morning.

Stef is absolutely lovely, calm and reassuring, always ready with a smile.

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I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people over the last year. The shoots I’ve helped out with have been spectacularly creative days thanks to some wonderfully talented suppliers. I wanted to introduce you to some of my very favourites, and the first of those is lovely Katie from Made In Flowers.

Fabulously creative wedding flowers in the Lake District by Made in Flowers. Image credit Vickerstaff Photography (4)

Katie is as friendly and generous as she is talented in floral art. She’s styled moss-covered vintage chairs, archways and trees as well as making the most stunning floral arrangements and bouquets for every season. Her flower studio is a little gem in the Lake District: watching Katie assemble a bouquet is a dream and a delight.

Fabulously creative wedding flowers in the Lake District by Made in Flowers. Image credit Vickerstaff Photography (5)

For our artisan wedding inspiration shoot, which featured on Love My Dress in November, Katie’s flowers were full of autumnal charm. I adore the asymmetrical arrangements with those divine dahlias, chocolate cosmos and fabulous textures of berries and leaves. The statement hydrangea in the arrangement Rachel holds in the header image of the English Wedding Blog just makes my soul happy – and the little pops of colour throughout the day are thanks to Katie’s vision and incredible talent.

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The English garden wedding theme is one – quite possibly the only one – which will always be on trend. We love the romance of our home-grown flowers, the greenery and scents of hazy summer days – and it’s a style which conjures up memories from childhood, days in the countryside and magical holidays close to home.

Greenery and statement blooms for an English garden wedding photographed by Bowtie and Belle (23)

Greenery is a huge thing for 2017 – and we love it to bits. This shoot is full of gorgeous foliage and fabulous styling with softer accent colours and statement blooms. Stylist Lauradana from Wedding Creations combines those gorgeous greens with white and soft pinks to create a feminine wedding style I know you’ll love.

Greenery and statement blooms for an English garden wedding photographed by Bowtie and Belle (7)

The overall look is perfect for 2017: the loveliest of fine art photography and delicate styling with a timeless English garden appeal. Do take a moment to discover more from the wonderfully talented Bowtie & Belle Photography:

http://bowtieandbellephotography.co.uk
Instagram.com/bowtieandbellephotography
Facebook.com/BowtieandBelle

Greenery and statement blooms for an English garden wedding photographed by Bowtie and Belle (26)
Greenery and statement blooms for an English garden wedding photographed by Bowtie and Belle (25)

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I love the romance of an overseas elopement or a tiny, intimate wedding somewhere the evening sunshine will last forever, don’t you? Even better, al fresco dining on the beach and the views of stunning coastlines all around. I was so thrilled last summer when lovely destination wedding photographer Hannah Duffy asked if I’d like to send a little of my calligraphy to Ibiza in her suitcase. Of course I said yes…

A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (14)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (15)

Discover more from Hannah Duffy Photography:

www.hannahduffy.com
Instagram.com/hannahduffyphotography
Pinterest.com/hanfluff
Facebook.com/hannahduffyphotography

A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (2)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (3)

This is the dreamiest shoot, with incredible light and the inescapable romance of a beach elopement. The bouquet is simple and pristine: hydrangeas in beautiful white catch the sunlight as our beautiful bride and groom gaze out to sea. With a stunning Truvelle gown and light suit for the warmest of summer weddings, our bride and groom are perfectly at home here; as newlyweds they celebrate at a tablescape of prettily coloured glassware and light, illustrated calligraphy table stationery.

A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (17)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (38)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (39)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (1)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (4)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (5)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (7)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (8)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (9)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (10)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (11)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (12)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (13)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (16)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (34)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (35)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (40)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (6)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (28)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (18)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (19)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (26)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (30)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (31)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (20)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (21)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (22)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (23)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (24)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (25)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (27)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (29)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (32)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (33)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (36)
A breathtaking coastal wedding inspiration shoot in Ibiza with Hannah Duffy Photography (37)

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Ahhhh… I breathed a genuine sigh of relief this morning that January has finally left us… spring is on its way at last! I can almost smell the grass growing. We are well into our wedding blogging year – we’ve shared some stunning shoots, wonderfully romantic real weddings and fabulous advice from our fave suppliers already. Today – we’re dimming the lights, and falling all kinds of in love with artisan-flavoured wedding inspiration.

Artisan wedding inspo at its best - a Dutch Masters inspired shoot with Vickerstaff Photography (16)

This shoot combines statement florals from Made In Flowers and stunning arrangements with breathtaking Dutch Masters-inspired lighting. The images are as dreamily dark as they are hauntingly beautiful. Our bride is an artist; a free spirit whose passion to create drives her wedding dreams.

Artisan wedding inspo at its best - a Dutch Masters inspired shoot with Vickerstaff Photography (8)

Think ethereal and beautiful bridal style; captivating calligraphy with an organic twist; florals to steal your heart and a cake to enchant your very soul. Beautiful bride Rachel wears a bespoke Ailsa Munro gown with natural, artistic make up by lovely Stefanie Grisdale. Calligraphy from By Moon & Tide sets the scene; exquisitely crafted hair accessories and a showstopper cake are both by Amy Swann.