Styling by UNITYstyling Flowers Bohotanical and Images by Cristina Rossi Photography (3)
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So how’s your sunshine today, lovelies? I’m loving this week – it feels like SUMMER!! I can play in my garden and walk on the beach… it’s heaven. Right now I’m working on the next edition of the English Wedding Bible, which we’re publishing in May. If you’d like to be a part of it, get in touch with your ideas for shoots, articles or real weddings we can feature. Today though, we’re all about al fresco wedding dining, herbs and botanicals with a gorgeous editorial from Gaynes Park which was sent in by English Wedding Directory member, lovely Gwenda at The Gilded Fern. She’s here to tell you more!
Claire xxx

Styling by UNITYstyling Flowers Bohotanical and Images by Cristina Rossi Photography (27)

I may be a floral designer, but I’ve got a major soft spot for plants and foliage! I often include some herbs in buttonholes and cake decorations, so the concept of this shoot stemmed from there. Herbs are often short-stemmed, so I took a little bit of artistic licence in my choices, for the bouquet, which included olive leaf, thlaspi (aka penny-cress), lavender, calendula, chamomile daisies, dill, and mentha. Many of these were also made into leaf and petal confetti.

Brympton House wedding photographer Martin Dabek (25)
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Today’s wedding is pure luxury, sheer joy and absolute beauty. Stunning bride Fern married her gorgeous groom James at Sherborne Abbey and celebrated with a beautiful reception at Brympton House in Somerset. Their day is captured by our friend and sponsor, Brympton House Wedding Photographer Martin Dabek, who is based in Somerset.

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I tried on over 100 dresses and found it particularly hard to narrow the selection of styles down as I liked too many. My mum and I visited the Caroline Castigliano store in Knightsbridge and the sales assistant picked a gown I wouldn’t have chosen and the second I walked out in it, my mother had a tear to her eye. We then managed to accessorize it with the different trains, veils and belts to create the look for day and evening I was envisaging. The dress was also made to measure which was brilliant as it ensured it fitted like a glove on the day.

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There was a time (and it feels like long ago), when we didn’t have the joys of the internet, social media or Pinterest.  When it comes to wedding style part of me thinks “how on earth did we manage” but the other half of me feels it was possibly a much simpler place.

Styling your 2018 wedding, expert advice by Jenna Hewitt. Photo credit Kitty Wheeler Shaw (1)

Without a doubt the access to the resources we have has placed huge focus/pressure on wedding styling.  There now exist wedding trend reports and predictions and, as a wedding stylist and planner, I eagerly await Pantone’s release of colour of the year – so often linked to the emerging colour trends and choices for the next season.  Most recently we’ve seen rose quartz and grey elegance, metallic and acrylics and, currently, a trend for minimal, white and greenery.  Next year I’m predicting a resurgence of tropical brights (we shall see…).   Anyhow, my point is that today, more than ever, putting your style stamp on your big day is a big deal. But it isn’t always easy to zone in on a style, put it all together, or know where to begin.

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Usually it’s me who ruffles occasional wedding industry feathers – but it’s been a while and today’s feature is a reminder to me that I should never lose that particular edge! Let’s not forget that our industry, while it’s an amazing place to work, has a few faults here and there. I’ve been lucky to be involved in some incredible styled shoots this year, and I’ve been blessed with the fabulous suppliers I’ve met.

Tips for taking part in a styled bridal shoot by Sansine Photography (14)

So has lovely San from Sanshine Photography – and she’s on my list of people I’d love to work with one day! In the meantime though, this needs saying…

Wedding suppliers take note! 5 basic rules of editorial shoot etiquette

By San Shawe

The other week I had the pleasure of meeting some awesome people from the wedding industry at Genuine Cakes in Watford. The meet up was designed for us to network over a cup of coffee and a delicious piece of cake and exchange news and ideas, however towards the end of the session our pleasant chat turned into a passionate discussion on the topic of styled shoots. It has quickly become apparent that quite a few wedding industry professionals won’t even consider participating in styled shoots anymore because they got so badly burned before…

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What could be lovelier on a chilly Wednesday in February than a colourful, characterful and exciting real wedding on your favourite blog? I know… unless Santa comes early, nothing can beat this.

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Beautiful bride Caroline and new hubby Moussa have shared their wedding with us all this morning and I guarantee they’ll brighten your day. Their celebration fuses English and Iranian culture with fabulous flowers, gorgeous design and more.

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Caroline wears a divine wedding dress by designer Naomi Neoh. She told me, “Naomi and her team were wonderful – the perfect combination of excitement and calm, which made the whole experience great fun.”

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Capturing the day was lovely wedding photographer Sophie Duckworth. Sophie gets a glowing review as well – and so she should. Sophie’s featured on the English Wedding Blog many times, and you can find out all about her via the following links:

http://www.sophieduckworthphotography.com/
http://www.facebook.com/sophieduckworthphotography
@duck_photo
http://instagram.com/duck_photo
http://english-wedding.com/tag/sophie-duckworth-photography/

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Our wedding story: Caroline + Moussa

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.sophieduckworthphotography.com/

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Love is a story. Falling in love happens over time, changes as we do, grows and becomes both stronger and more gentle. For everyone, love is the story of a lifetime. Who knows where we’ll be in ten years, twenty, fifty or more. Today I’m here to tell you a love story, inspired by a real couple’s wartime romance.

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Images are by Lilybean Photography  www.lilybeanphotography.co.uk

www.facebook.com/LilybeanPhotography
@lilybean_photo
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Location: Watercress Line in Hampshire

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The Love Story

The shoot was greatly inspired by the photographer’s Grandad who recently lost his wife. He is unfortunately now losing his eye sight and is dictating over the phone his memoirs so that his life story and their love story is never lost. This shoot re-tells a part of their story. A story about a young couple who have just got married but he has been posted away from home. They say a fond farewell at the train station before he is whisked away from his young bride.

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