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Today’s shoot took my breath away. It is opulent wedding styling, beautifully realised, and deliciously different. For stately home weddings, halls and barns loaded with history I LOVE the concept of dreamily dark styling and decadent florals.

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The shoot takes inspiration from the Dutch masters – painters who turned tablescapes loaded with fruit and florals into exquisite masterpieces. The oil painting look worked beautifully in 16th century Holland; it still has the power to captivate today, and becomes the most exciting wedding styling inspiration you can imagine.

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All of the gorgeous images are by Joanna Ritchie Photography. The flowers were designed by lovely Claire at Garden & Wild. (Garden & Wild is fully booked for large scale bespoke weddings until 2018 but still has some availability for intimate celebrations, so do get in touch soon if you’d like to book Claire for your big day!)

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Happy Friday lovelies! It’s been an amazing week here at English Wedding Blog HQ… we’ve booked our second Manchester calligraphy workshop and had some amazing weddings and styled shoots in our inbox (but there’s always room for more – hint!!!). Here’s something I’ve been soooo excited to share with you for weeks now… a wedding ideas feature with copper and pastel tones, beautiful photography and the most ridiculously gorgeous flowers you can imagine…

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Today’s feature comes from the wonderful Bowtie & Belle Photography, aka Thomas and Samantha who are Cotswolds-based fine art photographers. Samantha told me, “For a long time we’ve had one theme in our heads, an idea to create beautiful imagery inspired by one of our favourite parts of the wedding day – the drinks reception.

Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (19)
Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (28)

Incredible florals by Garden and Wild for a Rectory Hotel shoot by Bowtie and Belle (30)

The invitation suite by Lizzy May Designs is adorable; the flowers by Garden & Wild are simply out of this world. Sophie’s hair (by Bella Bridal) is so pretty – a really special wedding day for those of you with long locks…

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Happy Sunday afternoon everyone! I hope you’re having a gorgeous day, enjoying some sunshine and having adventures. (I am!) It’s been a crazy few weeks here at the English Wedding Blog HQ and I am long overdue in introducing my superstar freelancer Claire Spiller to you all. Claire is the designer behind fabulous floral brand Garden & Wild. She’s been featured on the English Wedding Blog for her breathtaking wedding flowers, and a few weeks ago joined my little team (of two!) to help out on our Facebook page.

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Thank you, Claire. You’re the best – I’m thrilled to have your help with our social media, I couldn’t do it without you! You’ve helped me discover some amazing British wedding businesses and I am more grateful than I can tell you.
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I told you this week was all about the flowers… and today there’s more. I have the most amazing, luscious real wedding to share with you – and the flowers are out of this world! The lovely, beautiful Chloe and Mark were married at Wick Farm in Somerset, a lovely rural wedding venue with tons of character and English country charm.

Kerry Bartlett Photography images from a winter farm wedding in Bath (15)

Their flowers – by my wonderfully talented friend Claire at Garden & Wild – were in rich plum, aubergine and dusky pink colours with a rustic flavour and incorporated mosses and fern foliage to tie together the rustic theme. They’re such a fabulous style for a winter wedding, and Chloe told me, “Mark and I ADORED our flowers – Claire worked with us to really understand what we wanted and created the most stunning bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations. I would recommend her to everyone, a million times!

Kerry Bartlett Photography images from a winter farm wedding in Bath (23)

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I still remember a couple of words from my time spent living in Italy as a student* – E bellissima! Che bella! Lo amo… all of which apply to this divine Sicilian rustic inspired wedding styled shoot rather nicely!

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*and from photo shoots with lovely Chris Hanley‘s repertoire of Italian accenti…!!

I was thrilled to be asked to send some of my rustic wedding stationery to lovely stylist Lauradana Day of Wedding Creations UK. Lauradana is a rising star in the wedding industry, fuelled by her dedication to bespoke, handmade and meticulously crafted accessories and styling for brides all over the world – she’s worked on weddings in 18 different countries to date!

Lauradana also makes her own beautiful hand dyed silk ribbons, and I have just a few of these saved up for a rainy day to photograph in a mini styled shoot of my own… watch this space!

Elegant rustic wedding ideas by Wedding Creations, images Theresa Furey Photography (29)

Elegant rustic shoot: wedding supplier list:

Theresa Furey – www.theresafurey.com for the photography and use of the images
Garden & Wild – www.gardenandwild.com for the beautiful flowers and foliage