Happy Friday, beautiful! While I’m off teaching another modern calligraphy class down in Manchester today, I have this beauty of a feature to share with you on the blog. It comes from enchanting Gloucestershire wedding venue Pauntley Court, which is a family home now being offered to couples as an exclusive use wedding venue. Pauntley Court is reputedly the birthplace of Dick Whittington and is set in glorious countryside with its own stunning formal gardens. As you’ll see from the photos, this is a quintessentially English venue, perfect for weekend weddings. Owner Melissa tells us a little more about the suppliers and ideas who brought this beautiful feature to life!

“Working with Jules Whitfield of Wild and Co Flowers and Alicia of Red Maple photography, we wanted to show Pauntley Court as the quintessentially English and very romantic and magical place it is.

Divine wedding styling with English country garden florals at Pauntley Court, photo credit Red Maple Photography (15)

The one off colour of the house was the inspiration for the colour palette, with the corals and oranges in Jules’s beautiful floral displays really pulling this all together.


Wedding DIY, crafts and making everything at home is brilliant. I LOVE the revival of crafts and how brides and grooms (and mums and bridesmaids) are getting their fingers glittery and glue in their hair. You ROCK.

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Image credit (for all photographs used in today’s article) Rob Tarren Photography. For suppliers of items listed please see links at the end of today’s blog post.

It’s also what blogs are all about. We exist to share ideas, to show you new styles and help couples share their real wedding crafts with the world. Every great wedding blog is full of styling touches which we hope will inspire you to get your craft on… or shop from the best wedding designers and crafters who will get glittery on your behalf.

Handcrafted or homemade – it’s all good.

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But more and more often brides tell me about a design – say for a cake, an invite or a table plan – which they found online and copied / asked someone to copy for them.


Do you love hydrangeas as much as I do? Those gorgeous handfuls of delicate blue petals have inspired many an English wedding and I look forward to their arrival every summer.  I have the most deliciously beautiful wedding ideas shoot to share with you today. We’re talking dreamy blue hydrangeas in a serene Cotswolds setting – a truly idyllic barn location… and you’ll LOVE this!

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Images are by Rob Tarren Photography, and the shoot was styled by Emma from The Flower Girls. The flowers are incredible and those hydrangeas are only the beginning of today’s beauty… there’s gold leaf, divine dresses and the most amazing gardens to inspire your own wedding along a pretty blue theme.

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Emma told me, “The Priors Barn at Brockworth in Gloucestershire is a hidden gem. It’s set in manicured gardens and treasured by the owners, complete with its own lake.” It really is an inspiring place… I could lose myself in those incredible gardens as easily as I’ve lost my heart to these beautiful images.