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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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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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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.

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The last thing I want to do is suggest anyone fall in with the crowd and style their wedding for this year’s fashions. And yet… there’s a wonderful appeal to creating something new for your wedding, something your friends and family didn’t see at last year’s weddings, right?

I don’t follow trends in fashion; but what I see online does influence my tastes. I love messy foliage, tumbledowny style and design, upcycling and art. They impact on my home life, my calligraphy studio, the things I buy.

The same applies with weddings: we’re exposed to so many beautiful things online that we can’t help wanting a little piece of them… and this is what we’ll be seeing more of in 2016.

Feel free to run with these ideas and create something magical, or to ignore them entirely and pour your own fabulously creative style into your day.

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