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Happy Monday my lovelies! Is the sun shining for you today? I do hope so – we had the most beautiful sunrise up here in the Lake District and I’m feeling happy and excited for a lovely week ahead! In real life, it’s full of me writing wedding invitation samples on handmade papers with my fave calligraphy pens – and then I’ve a modern calligraphy workshop by the coast on Friday. In wedding blog life (which is a joyful existence lived inside my computer!) this week we have lots of fabulous inspiration for you including a virtual explore of Sussex’s best wedding venues and a rundown of some of the Midlands’ finest wedding bands – if you’re in those areas, check back here through the week to find out more!

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Today we kick off with a gorgeous English wedding. Beautiful bride Keely married her gorgeous guy Ben in May. The wisteria-framed portraits outside their venue are glorious; the styling of their day is elegant and refined. I adore the bridesmaids in palest blue with sequin patterns on their dresses. The seed wedding favours are a lovely idea and look so adorably home made! And of course Keely and Ben just look wonderful together: so happy and the absolute picture of elegance and grace.

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They say weddings are all about the love, the romance, the emotions and moments… and then someone shows me THESE BALLOONS and suddenly weddings are all about that instead!! Am I wrong? But aren’t they fun and pretty and brilliant? I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing today’s wedding because – [balloons, obviously?] – it’s a real family affair, with the little ones even helping to make the wedding favours! The venue is London Shenley Club (Hertfordshire). The pics by our lovely friend and sponsor Nicola Norton Photography are a breath of fresh air, the details are wonderfully creative and Becky and Liam are just the most gorgeous-looking pair too!

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Becky and Liam described their big day as like a big, summer children’s birthday party, with cricket! They included all the best things about summer: the outdoors, sunshine, cricket, Pimms, barbecued food, ice cream, children running around in the grass… and you know what? When a wedding is all about family and children it becomes SO much FUN!

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful day, wherever you are. I have lovely news for all of our Hertfordshire brides and grooms today – we’re welcoming Nicola Norton Photography to the pages of the English Wedding Blog. I love Nicola’s relaxed documentary style and the gorgeous images she captures, and I look forward to seeing much more from her on the blog over the next few months! Grab a cuppa, nestle into something cosy and enjoy this little intro from Nicola before you head over to her beautiful website (links at the end of the feature). Have a wonderful day!

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Hi, I’m Nicola, a Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer. I live in Ampthill with my husband and two young boys, Harry and Vinnie. I consider myself very lucky to have this job, where I get to do what I love, but also spend lots of time with my family and be there when my children get home from school, so am fortunate to have the best of both worlds.

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Discovering new talents and finding new wedding pics to swoon over is what I live for – stumbling across photographers whose photos take my breath away is one of the very best things in my wedding blogging life! Today I’d love to introduce you to lovely Becky Harley Photography, who is based in Welwyn Garden City and shoots weddings throughout Hertfordshire and surrounding counties. Her style is fabulous – one glimpse at her website home page and you will fall in love. I did! 

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I’m Becky Harley, a wedding photographer based in Welwyn Garden City, in Hertfordshire. I love to capture natural images that are full of light, life and love!

beckyharleyphotography.co.uk

I’ve always been interested in photography – I was always the one with the camera throughout school and university, and my parents actually have a little album of photos I took on a family trip to Disney, aged four, with a little disposable film camera. It’s mostly pictures of people’s legs, but still!

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Gorgeous Hertfordshire bride Anita is making a splash of fabulous colour on the English Wedding Blog today. Her vintage inspired styling is balanced with vibrant accents, and I’m in love with her Sally Beam wedding dress – isn’t it fab? Together with groom Naoto they planned the perfect day, and I love how refreshing their styling is. I hope you’ll adore it too!

Vibrant colours and beautiful styling for a Shenley Cricket Club wedding by Linus Moran Photography (30)

“I had mixed, bright flowers including roses and gerberas. I wanted the flowers to add a burst of colour and fun to the church and venue. Florist Sioned Rogers works alongside ‘Dress it Yourself‘ who did an amazing job of decorating the venue. I wanted a vintage picnic feel so I went for gingham tablecoths, bunting and lots of vintage containers and books to dress the tables. I made the table plan with a chalkboard and then had silk flowers stapled around the frame. It was actually quite fun to make and lots of people complemented it!

Vibrant colours and beautiful styling for a Shenley Cricket Club wedding by Linus Moran Photography (21)

Vibrant colours and beautiful styling for a Shenley Cricket Club wedding by Linus Moran Photography (22)