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Harriet & Ian got married in August in Oxford, and describe their day as joyful, beautiful, welcoming, summery, exuberant, momentous and full of happiness! It looks wonderful – that summer sunshine and the relaxed styling in such glorious venues are perfect for an Oxford wedding! This gorgeous pair look so happy and content on their best day ever – which I think comes down to their genius approach to planning. They’ve given us some great recommendations and supplier ideas in their interview at the end of their feature, and share this fabulous snippet of wedding wisdom…

Chill! But plan in advance and don’t leave everything to the last minute. Map out your time and allocate jobs to each month. Only worry about something in its allocated month. This means everything gets done, steadily and reliably. Don’t fall in to the trap of one person doing everything and the other barely being consulted. Hatty may be the one with the artistic vision but we did the whole thing as a team and we were a wed-min machine by the end! Most importantly, remember that everyone is there to have fun and celebrate your relationship so don’t get stressed by the little things. The important thing is your marriage, not the wedding.

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The English Wedding Directory is where you can find all of our favourite wedding suppliers. Our Facebook page is updated with new vendors when they join us, and the Directory is full of brilliant photographers, stationers, florists, stylists, cake designers… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last couple of weeks – and we have more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad somerset wedding photographers London wedding photography by Annelie Eddy Erika Tanith Newcastle wedding photographer yorkshire wedding photographers


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If you have a wedding business and you’d like to join the English Wedding Directory for £50 a year, just email me 3 light and contemporary images at 900px square, and links to your website and social media. Stats n stuff are here for your info. Suppliers whose look we LOVE will be accepted!

See the Ashmolean museum transformed for a unique wedding celebration with images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (19)
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So today is officially my last day of work this week… we’re treating ourselves to a very long weekend of music and dancing our heads off, plus a little Christmas shopping too. Of course English Wedding will still have fabulous features coming your way: we’ve a wedding dress showcase tomorrow and then 3 gorgeous real weddings to share with you – all very different, and from Devon, Essex and London. I can’t wait to see them live on the blog! Today though, join me and my lovely friend Carol Elizabeth Photography for a virtual tour around one of Oxford’s most exciting wedding venues – the Ashmolean Museum. Carol is an English Wedding team member and visited the Ashmolean on our behalf earlier in the autumn when they held an open evening. She took her camera and captured a few images from the event – and she’s shared some fabulous pics from a beautiful real wedding at the Ashmolean too!

See the Ashmolean museum transformed for a unique wedding celebration with images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (26)

If you’re getting married in Oxford, then look no further for your venue and photographer! Carol Elizabeth and the Ashmolean Museum are your dream team!

Purple styling and an elegant rustic theme for Fiona and Ashley's Stratton Court Barn Oxfordshire wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography on English-Wedding.com (40)
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Gorgeous newlyweds Fiona and Ashley’s spring wedding from Stratton Court Barn is just fabulous – they used rich purple tones to create a luxe, sophisticated wedding theme and chose a venue with oodles of cosy character which needed just a few creative touches to bring it to life. With a canopy of fairy lights and pretty floral styling, this is a lovely wedding I’ve been excited to share with you! Images are by our lovely team member Carol Elizabeth Photography, who is based in Oxfordshire and gets a glowing review from the happy couple!

Purple styling and an elegant rustic theme for Fiona and Ashley's Stratton Court Barn Oxfordshire wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography on English-Wedding.com (32)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk

We searched for photographers in Oxfordshire and looked at lots of websites! We wanted a more natural style of photography and we didn’t want our photos to look too posed, so we narrowed down our search by picking photographers who fitted our desired style. We used price to narrow down our search further as we had a maximum budget in mind. We then had phone calls with our shortlisted photographers as it was important to us that they were easy to talk to and understood what we were looking for. Another thing that we took into account was whether the photographer had been to our venue or whether they would be happy to visit the venue beforehand, as we wanted them to be familiar with the layout and where would be good spots to take photos. Carol ticked all the boxes for us.

Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (3)
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Do you dream of Italian summers? When wedding planning gets a little too much, do you ever wish you could elope and marry in a remote Italian village instead? You wouldn’t be alone – this shoot is dreamy, and it makes it pretty easy to see why more couples than ever are planning an intimate destination wedding or elopement!

Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (3)

Images are by our lovely sponsor Carol Elizabeth Photography, at Palazzo Perotti (the private home of Baroness Roberta Perotti) and the UNESCO world heritage town of Castellabate. They were taken at The Secret Retreat Workshop with Andrea Ellison, Claire Penn and Lucy Woodrow this summer.

Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (6)

Contact & Bookings: Carol Elizabeth Photography

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Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (10)
Italian wedding elopement inspiration shoot, images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (11)

Location planner – My Secret Italy
Shoot locations – Palazzo Perotti
Stylist – Mandy Beck (Saddleworth Shindigs)
Flowers – La Maison Marie, Santa Maria di Castellabate
MUA – Costabile Pascale, Santa Maria di Castellabate
Hair – Anna Capazuto, Santa Maria di Castellabate
Models – real couples (Michael & Chloe Kenny, Antonio Brunetti & Sissi Carrino)
Sissi dress – ASOS
Sissi shoes – Kurt Geiger
Antonio shoes – ASOS
Antonio jacket – Top Man
Michael & Chloe outfits – their own

Wedding photographers for Caswell House in Oxfordshire: Carol Elizabeth Photography (32)
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Elise and Rajiv’s Caswell House wedding is perfect: elegant styling and classy touches make their day wonderfully pretty and perfect for the 15th century manor house. They make the most gorgeous couple, don’t you think? This is ever so beautiful and I know you’ll love it. Huge thanks to our lovely sponsor Carol Elizabeth Photography and to the stunning bride and groom for their words of wisdom and advice!

Wedding photographers for Caswell House in Oxfordshire: Carol Elizabeth Photography (3)

“We had a holiday theme with an asian twist. All our tables were named after South East Asian Islands and we also had Asian lounge music in the background. The reason for that was because we met in Malaysia and the start of our relationship was spent travelling in different places in South East Asia.

Wedding photographers for Caswell House in Oxfordshire: Carol Elizabeth Photography (31)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk

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What a wonderful weekend it’s been already – I hope you’re having a peaceful and relaxing Sunday wherever you are, lovelies! I have a super pretty wedding to share with you from Oxfordshire’s Caswell House today. I hope you love it – it’s from one of our lovely English Wedding Blog sponsors, Carol Elizabeth Photography.

Traditional Oxford wedding styling for a pretty summer wedding with Carol Elizabeth Photography (10)

Contact & Bookings: Carol Elizabeth Photography

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Traditional Oxford wedding styling for a pretty summer wedding with Carol Elizabeth Photography (35)

Caswell House in Oxford was the perfect venue – it’s a beautiful venue with lots of areas for photos. The team at Caswell are incredible, they made every effort on the day to make it special, including bringing canapés during the photos!

Traditional Oxford wedding styling for a pretty summer wedding with Carol Elizabeth Photography (7)

Traditional Oxford wedding styling for a pretty summer wedding with Carol Elizabeth Photography (8)

Hannah and Tim are fortunate enough to have a very talented family friend who arranged their venue flowers and Hannah’s Nan is a retired florist so she arranged the bouquets. Most of the flowers were sourced from Green & Gorgeous flower farm and supplemented with some supermarket flowers and greenery from home. The rented milk churns and watering cans, vases and jam jars were perfect for other displays and table flowers.

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Josie and Simon’s wedding is just fabulous: the colour they created in every aspect of their day is just wonderful for a January wedding. Peacock feathers look stunning in a British flower bouquet; herbs as favours and place settings are perfect, and I adore Josie’s gorgeously vibrant wedding dress – you’ll love this!

A fabulously colourful wedding dress and gorgeous details for an intimate Oxford wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (27)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk

Chance and Google led us to Carol. We knew that we would be getting married in an iconic venue, that needed someone who knew it to photograph it well. We searched for online portfolios of the Bodleian and found Carol’s. We liked the style of photography and we liked the range of couples in her photos – not all couples are 20-something instagram supermodels! Then we met her and she put us at ease, and we felt comfortable with her taking care of our special day.

A fabulously colourful wedding dress and gorgeous details for an intimate Oxford wedding. Images by Carol Elizabeth Photography (18)

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Hello there lovelies! Today we have a classic English wedding full of bright florals to inspire autumn and winter brides. I love the vibrance of the flowers, and beautiful bride Ruth is just stunning, don’t you think?

Traditional styling for a timeless English wedding from Lains Barn with Carol Elizabeth Photography (1)

Images are by lovely Carol Elizabeth Photography, who has very kindly shared her thoughts on the fabulous Lains Barn wedding venue and some wonderful memories of a very special day for our gorgeous couple. You can discover more from Carol here:

Contact & Bookings: Carol Elizabeth Photography

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Email: carol@carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
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Traditional styling for a timeless English wedding from Lains Barn with Carol Elizabeth Photography (12)

We were at 4 different locations for Ruth and Kieran’s wedding, which offered lots of variety for their photos with some really amazing backdrops. I started at the rented house, which was very quirky with plenty of character. We then drove over to the church wedding ceremony in Abingdon, which is a lovely bright church, quite modern with plenty of space for all the guests. And a really lovely vicar, who was so helpful and accommodating to ensure we had plenty of lovely photos for Ruth and Kieran to remember their day.

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For those of you who love peonies… today’s wedding is wonderfully pretty, romantic and set in the most deliciously landscaped venue. Elizabeth is beautiful – she told me the best thing about being married to Simon is “knowing that day in and day out you will be able to walk with your best friend and share special moments and make memories together.” Isn’t that just so romantic?

Gorgeous pink peonies and fabulous sunshine for a Caswell House wedding (8)

Contact & Bookings: Carol Elizabeth Photography

Web: http://www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
Email: carol@carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
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Gorgeous pink peonies and fabulous sunshine for a Caswell House wedding (15)

We chose specifically to have this venue as it did not need much decoration.  We only had chair sashes, strands of fairy lights in the main barn from Oakwood Events and goldfish bowls with floating peonies.

Gorgeous pink peonies and fabulous sunshine for a Caswell House wedding (17)

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Today’s is a fabulously fun, colourful and creative wedding on a budget – Charlotte and Gareth were married at Fison Barn and wanted to keep their day informal and pretty without breaking the bank! Their ideas are lovely; Charlotte’s DIY tips and her English Wedding Interview are a great read. I love Charlotte’s honesty too: they tried making invitations but in the end, as it can be so time-consuming to do, they bought their invites online and focused on the craft projects they’d really enjoy. And the ones where Gareth spent a few days covered in glue… oops!

A real wedding at Earth's Trust and Fison Barn with Carol Elizabeth Photography (18)

Contact & Bookings: Carol Elizabeth Photography

Web: http://www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
Email: carol@carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.elizabeth.photography.uk
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A real wedding at Earth's Trust and Fison Barn with Carol Elizabeth Photography (9)

Like with everything in this wedding, our flowers had to be colourful and fun. I used  Richard Mathews, who offered a good deal and were friendly, I gave them sort of free range explaining my theme was colourful and fun.  He asked me to find examples of flowers I liked then he worked out something from those. I was so happy with them as he’d managed to put in fresh sweet pea flowers, a flower I had really wanted.

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We’re blessed to have such fabulous historic wedding destinations in the UK – our coastlines, countryside and quaint, quintessentially English cities inspire the loveliest of weddings. I’m so happy to be sharing Janina & Steve’s day with you this morning. They’re the sweetest couple – the details are stunning (LOVE that bouquet!) even though they chose not to have a theme: the spirit and style of their day comes from the grace of the city of Oxford and its architecture.

Oxford wedding blog with Carol Elizabeth Photography (36)

Contact & Bookings: Carol Elizabeth Photography

Web: http://www.carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
Email: carol@carol-elizabeth-photography.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.elizabeth.photography.uk
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Oxford wedding blog with Carol Elizabeth Photography (31)

“We love Oxford’s libraries, gardens and architecture. Getting married in two historic buildings, one of them among the most iconic buildings in Oxford was a privilege. We have both moved to Oxford from abroad and the wedding was our chance to share the life we have built here with our friends and families. Many of the most important people in our lives hadn’t met each other before. We had our rehearsal dinner in Somerville College, where we met and where Steve still teaches and we hosted a brunch the morning after the wedding in our house. For the wedding itself, we both immediately knew we wanted to celebrate in the Divinity School when we first visited it.”