Peacock wedding styling ideas at Larmer Tree Gardens, image credit Oobaloos Photography (30)
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Welcome to the Easter weekend! I hope you’re enjoying a lovely, lazy day (and sunshine! Isn’t this wonderful?!) – but do take a moment to scroll through today’s fabulous wedding on the blog. Our bumper week of real weddings continues with this gorgeous celebration at Larmer Tree Gardens. Tamzin & Martin’s wedding is a jewel coloured abundance of quirky but classy, with glorious pops of colour and the prettiest peacock-inspired details! Images are by our amazing and talented friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography – I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Wedding photographer’s website:

www.oobaloosphotography.co.uk

I have known of Sheryl’s work for a couple of years as she has shot friends’ bump pics & an acquaintance’s wedding, so as soon as we were engaged I got in touch with her. I honestly didn’t even care about the cost as I just love Sheryl’s style of photography & knew she would make our wedding memories so beautiful!

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“But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.”

Beautiful Buckinghamshire wedding inspiration shoot, images by Amanda Karen Photography (30)

Edgar Allen Poe’s hauntingly beautiful love poem Annabel Lee inspired today’s breathtaking bridal shoot. I adore the luxury, the timelessness and opulence of everything you’re about to see.

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Images are by lovely Amanda Karen Photography who explains, “The dark and romantic nature of this poem was woven through the shoot with deep reds, elegant blacks and opulent golden touches. Hedsor House was a natural choice for the venue with its iconic looming stature and its luxurious interiors.”

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Extravagance and luxury styling really works here. The haute couture wedding dresses look regal and sensuous; and I do so love any beautiful wedding dress which isn’t white. Ian Stuart knocks it out of the park, obviously… swooon!!!

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The rich colour palette lends itself beautifully to autumn or winter wedding styling – the gold accents and those divine black candles are fabulous.

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Winter weddings can mean frosty, ice blues and silver, or rich tones, warming reds and candlelight… today we’re thrilled to be sharing these gorgeously vibrant wedding style ideas from a wonderfully talented team of Cornish wedding suppliers at The Cow Shed.

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The flowers are rich, red, with textures and tons of foliage. Lighting and candles are key. Rustic styling (twigs? we LOVE!) and mosses make this a wedding styled shoot we could just melt our little hearts right into.

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And then there’s the location. The fabulously dramatic coastline and those incredible skies. This is the first time we’ve seen an Ian Stuart gown in a clifftop setting and oh, it’s magical.

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Imagine yourselves delightedly warmed in a luxe winter barn wedding, or escaping together for a romantic clifftop elopement as the sun goes down… either way, like me, you will fall in love with today’s inspiration feature. Huge thanks to Ellie at The Cow Shed for submitting this dreamy shoot to the English Wedding Blog, and to wonderful Lucy Turnbull Photography for her stunningly atmospheric and beautiful images.

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Today’s styled shoot features a cast of north west wedding superstars, creative talents I’ve admired since the beginning of the English Wedding Blog a whole 6 years ago. Kerry Baker‘s fabulous make up steals the show. Flowers by Red Floral are breathtaking. Jane at HF Couture‘s designer hair accessories are exquisite; the images by Teresa C Photography are out of this world. This is bridal style without compromise: a brave, striking and different look for those of you who don’t wear pastels. I LOVE this.

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Words: Kerry Baker MUA | Images: Teresa C Photography

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Not every bride dreams of a pretty pastel wedding. In the modern age of Pinterest and social media, we are seeing couples experiment more and more with texture and colour. One trend which is set to become very popular is the used of mixed metallics to dress the venue, creating a lavish, decadent and opulent style.

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It’s perfectly possible to make any theme look amazing: Katrina and Pete’s “twist of Harry Potter” wedding knocked me for six when I saw their gorgeous, vintage-inspired hanging table names. Wow. This is a wedding I KNOW you’ll love.

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“The table plan was old keys that I bought and attached little butterfly wings to each one. We hung them on fishing line and attached them to a tree where we had the welcome drinks. They were supposed to resemble the flying keys from the first harry potter book. The effect was awesome and everyone took them home as a keepsake.”

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“The best thing about being married is once everything settles down it becomes ‘normal’. That sounds bad. But actually once all the wedding bubble has gone you get to be just you two again and work towards all those promises you made on your wedding day. Normal for me means meant to be, and we are more in love than ever.”

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Claire and Paul are the loveliest couple – I think every wedding photo shows at least one of them with an amazing happy smile – and theirs is the sort of wedding I just love to bits.

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They describe their Surrey wedding as ‘less fuss, more fun’ and their motto clearly worked like a charm! They celebrated in style at Painshill Park and hired lovely Sophie Duckworth as their wedding photographer.

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Sophie has 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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Suppliers were found through recommendations – photographer Sophie gave some great tips for top suppliers, and Painshill Park came up with ideas as well. Everything looks fantastic and it’s wonderful to read such a great review for Sophie and see Paul and Claire’s recommendations for some other local wedding suppliers. Don’t skip the interview at the end of today’s blog post for all of the above and more!

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There are too many things I love best about today’s gorgeous couple Samantha and Lee: the fact they found out the day before the wedding that Samantha was pregnant (wow!); their budget advice to simply “blow it!” and the beautiful, enchanting images of their day by my friend Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography.

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The venue is wonderful (and not far from English Wedding Blog Towers!) with views over Lake Windermere; a little boy almost steals the show with his hobby horse (adorable!) and the entertainers clearly had everyone enthralled.

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With huge thanks to today’s very beautiful bride and groom, Samantha and Lee, and to Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography for sharing his images with us all. You’ll love them.
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Our wedding report: Samantha & Lee

Your wedding photographer’s website:

www.vickerstaffphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Over the moon!

Wedding venue:

The Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere

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Simon and Lucie’s garden party wedding is amazing and then some! I adore this couple because they managed to balance everything so perfectly – it looks amazing, but the focus is still on family, friends and celebration. I’ve a feeling you’ll adore this wedding feature just as much as I do – it’s wonderful.

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The images are beautiful, so I will let those speak for themselves. The wedding photographer is Mark from Evolve Photography in Devon – a lovely guy and a busy one as well… he’s getting married in a week or so to Natasha from Pumpkin and Pye! Good luck guys 🙂

Huge congratulations to the lovely Lucie and Simon, and thank you for sharing your day with us on the English Wedding Blog. It’s beautiful and your wedding report is heartwarming. I wish you both the very, very best for a wonderful future together!
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Wedding venue:

Old Forde House, Newton Abbot for the ceremony followed by a marquee reception at the bride’s family home in Maidencombe, Devon

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a nice morning so far. Whatever you’re up to I hope you’re keeping well wrapped up – I have taken to wearing my biggest scarf for cosy blogging this week! And today’s Ingatestone Hall wedding is one of my star weddings this week – an Ian Stuart dress, gentle pinks and traditional styling for a really classic and gorgeous English wedding day. I hope you love it!

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Elizabeth and Paul had an elegant English wedding with a light colour palette, pretty details and some special touches: a horse and carriage, a string quartet and lots of lush pink roses! Elizabeth’s dress is the exquisite Coppelia by Ian Stuart – she’s absolutely stunning. I’ll hand over to Elizabeth for the wedding report and to wedding photographer Gary Roebuck for all the lovely images of their Ingatestone Hall wedding now. Enjoy the pretty! xxx
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The bride and groom: Elizabeth Petchey and Paul Sowden

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Days Married: 74

Good news readers! I now have the disc of hi-res images from Phil Barber so I can bombard you with photos and wedding reports! Hurrah!

You may remember in a past post that I was keeping secrets about my dress. No more secrets from me – I wore Cabaret by Ian Stuart. To be honest I don’t think the model on the website does the dress justice – as I really don’t like it in that photo. However, trying the dress on was a completely different story – this dress needs curves!

Also you may remember I mentioned that I didn’t like something about my dress initially – the flowers! I thought there were far too many flowers and they looked too busy. Little did I realise that of course these roses fitted in perfectly with my wedding theme, and actually, when the dress is on, they look amazing. I did change something about the original dress though – I had a back panel put in rather than showing my bare back through the corset lacing.

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Real wedding at Dartmouth Castle by Martyn NorsworthyPhew… I think it’s time for a gorgeous wedding today, don’t you? Something to enjoy, smile, admire and swoon a little for.

Martyn Norsworthy fits the bill – an award winning wedding photographer based in gorgeous Devon, he sent me photographs from Maria and Lloyd’s dreamy Dartmouth Castle wedding and I settled back to swoon over these very special moments, images and more from a stunning wedding day.

I really think you’ll love these pictures: half wedding story and half inspiring details with a gorgeous bride in an Ian Stuart wedding dress – this is right up my street for creativity, glamour and elegance!

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Setting the scene… Maria and Lloyd went for a vintage inspired theme with a beautifully mixed bridal bouquet and sparkling jewellery.

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And for me there’s nothing more exciting than an Ian Stuart wedding dress. I mean wow… the extravagant detailing is just amazing.

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Days to go: 66

Sometimes – mothers do know best.

I spent hours browsing the internet for dress ideas and inspiration. I spent a lot of time in a bit of a crisis – I didn’t like most dresses – and I couldn’t imagine myself wearing any kind of wedding dress. Like, ever.

When I discovered the creations of Ian Stuart, however, I began to believe I could wear a wedding dress. (And interestingly enough, most of his dresses seemed to go very well with my Irregular Choice shoes!) I spent yet more hours poring over every Ian Stuart design I could find, over and over again, trying to imagine myself in each and every dress.

I felt very proud of myself when I thought I’d picked out the perfect selection of three dresses to try on:

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