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!

Peacock wedding styling ideas at Larmer Tree Gardens, image credit Oobaloos Photography (19)

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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I love this wedding – Emma and Sean share my taste in books so their table names are just fabulous! They’re a gorgeous couple too – and the details of their day are wonderful.

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“I made all of our wedding stationery myself, but I bought everything from The Range and Hobbycraft – with the exception of a copy of ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ (my favourite book) which I bought from a charity shop, and which featured on every invitation, the table plan, all the signs, the guestbook and the confetti on the tables!”

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I totally fell in love with my wedding dress, which was by Charlotte Balbier from The Wedding Room, Chilwell. I tried it on once, thought it might be a bit OTT, so didn’t buy it, but then couldn’t stop thinking about it and so I went in the next day and bought it!

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Shades of summer, blissful memories and a beautiful bride – today’s wedding is out of this world. Sally and Matt were married at Wadhurst Castle in West Sussex in September. They caught the last of our summer sunshine and have some of the loveliest images to treasure their day by.

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I asked the gorgeous bride and groom to share the story of their day and they didn’t disappoint – you can read their English Wedding Blog interview at the end of today’s blog feature. Sally gives some great advice on everything from kinder eggs to harpists…

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Images are by lovely Jennifer Jane Photography, who is based in Devon. I love her style and approach and would encourage all of you to check her out here:

http://www.jenniferjanephotography.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/jenniferjanephotographyuk
https://twitter.com/JJFotography

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This is more than just a beautiful wedding: Sally’s advice make it a full feature of advice and tips for anyone planning a wedding. I love the idea of hiring a jukebox; it’s great to hear how amazing a harpist can be; polaroids are a genius idea; a wedding prep weekend sounds like so much fun! Read more when you’ve snuggled up with a cuppa to scroll through the pics. Enjoy!
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With every week that goes by I’m more proud of the place where I live. The Lake District is fast becoming England’s very own destination wedding venue – and I’m so lucky to call it home. Today I have a stunning styled shoot to share with you: it’s fabulously creative and breathtakingly beautiful – and so very perfect for a countryside wedding with a modern twist… and a little rowing boat!

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Wedding photographer Jo Bradbury sent me the images for today’s inspirational feature. Her photographs are truly beautiful, and capture the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Cote How, a lovely venue near Rydal in Cumbria.

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The suppliers who worked with Jo to bring this stylish and creative wedding scene to life include Wild Orchid Flowers, Sugar Ruffles, Daisy Daisy Bridal, Zara Rigg and Pingle Pie – with a full list at the end of today’s feature.

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Countryside brides and grooms will adore this shoot. The styling ideas are elaborate on a smaller scale: perfect for intimate weddings in relaxed surroundings. The cake is divine; the stationery exquisite and the flowers are out of this world.

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Elinor – beautiful, stunning bride and super stylish lady! – told me she never wanted her wedding day to end. She married Nick at lovely Hendre Hall a few weeks ago, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share their day with you lovely blog readers today.

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Friends and family “ambushed” Elinor’s plans for dressing the venue the day before the wedding… and did the most amazing job turning a blank canvas into a really exciting and pretty space which Elinor and Nick really loved. How sweet is that?!
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Their day was relaxed with a touch of rustic charm and a focus on fabulous food with an amazing party atmosphere. I love how Nick and Elinor keep smiling all day long… they make my wedding blog look fantastic! 🙂

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Huge thanks to lovely Tony Fanning Photography for sharing all the images with us today. Tony is based in North Wales and shoots weddings around the country. You can find out all about him here:

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Irregular Choice are famous for their alternative wedding shoes – and let’s be honest, a bit of a marmite brand! They’re not for delicate, traditional brides; but for shoe lovers and creative, quirky brides they’ve been favourites for years.

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They’ve launched a new winter collection and I’ve been bursting to show you! Some I love, some I can’t decide on, and some I’ve chosen not to share here(!) – as I say: marmite. Make your own mind up!
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Above: I love the flowers and the detailing on this shoe: it’s called Mrs Lower and is available in silver or gold (the heel and flower colour changes). There’s so much detail – definitely a statement bridal shoe for creatively minded brides! LOVE

And below… pearls and bows, kitties and boots… I can’t decide if these are up my street or not! What do you think?
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The 2014 winter collection from Irregular Choice (7)

There are more: for Cheeky Moose, Just Pawed (right shoe: bulldog in a top hat; left shoe: pink poodle in veil!) and Daisy Dayz visit www.IrregularChoice.com

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Good morning everyone! Today’s wedding on the blog is so much fun – and it’s full of creative touches as gorgeous bride Louise made so many of the wedding details herself. As well as the fabulous sunflower theme and homemade Scottish tablet wedding favours, there are Irregular Choice wedding shoes (LOVE these!), an Amanda Wyatt dress and a ride on the back of a tractor trailer for you to see today!

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Louise has written a brilliant wedding story which you’ll find about halfway down the page. All of the images are by Jenna Carpenter, a wedding photographer from Broughton in Furness, Cumbria. This is a wonderfully creative wedding in a village hall – inspiring for couples on a budget and very personal and special.

Enjoy! Claire xxx

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The wedding venue

We got married at St John the Evangelist church at Woodland (Near Broughton In Furness) then we had our reception at the Woodland Village Hall where we had a hog roast. There was no bar but my old friend from primary school, Martin, who runs a local pub, ran a bar for us and did a great job

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I’ve never seen a wedding as creative, colourful, exciting and unique as Rachel and Neil’s. I was amazed and delighted when beautiful bride Rachel got in touch with me a few weeks ago – and I love the very bespoke and personal wedding they created.

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It’s very, very difficult to know where to start! Rachel’s gold, bespoke wedding dress by Terry Fox is breathtaking. The theme for the day – peacock feathers and a riot of colour – works beautifully. The attention to detail with everything from invitations to bridesmaids and buttonholes is sheer indulgence and I love every little bit of it. The wedding photographs speak of love – the way Rachel looks at Neil (and vice versa) is so romantic. The wedding venue – round the corner from my very own apartment! – is magnificent and full of character.

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I chose and purchased my shoes for the wedding in April 2010 – 19 months before the big day! Now these aren’t a problem because I knew these were the shoes for me (even though one of the bridesmaids wanted to bet me £10 that I’d change my mind) – and I knew the dress I was going to choose would match perfectly (even if it would be in a non-matching but matching anyway sense!).

Here are the beauties – Irregular Choice Cortesan:

My Wedding ShoesSo in May 2010 I purchased the bridesmaid dresses. (The mention of the shoes will make sense in a few moments.) I’d decided a while back on a black and ivory theme (despite growing up always imagining having red bridesmaid dresses) and whilst in town with my Maid of Honour, Katherine, we walked casually into Coast and our eyes immediately were drawn to this – the Harmony Maxi Dress in monochrome:

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