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Today’s real wedding features a stunning short-haired brunette, the lovely Charlie, who wears a bird cage veil and Paloma Blanca wedding dress. The stationery is all home made, and yet this wedding at Shrigley Hall in Cheshire looks wonderfully elegant and stylish – you will LOVE it!!

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When Charlie first got in touch with me I was so excited – her photos are just stunning, as is she – and just as excitingly her wedding photographer is the lovely Jonny Draper. I’ve featured Jonny’s work on the English Wedding Blog lots of times (more here: http://english-wedding.com/tag/jonny-draper-photography), and I have the biggest admiration for how he works: Jonny’s built his wedding photography business on friendship. Seriously – if you’re getting married in the north west then you need to meet with Jonny for a chat and you’ll see what I mean! Charlie and Dan describe him as ‘incredible‘ – what more do you need to know?!

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Hi again! I can’t believe it’s Tuesday morning already! Did I sleep through Monday (or was I working too hard… hmmm…) Anyway, I hope you’re having a lovely day. I have all the gorgeous images from Zoe and Mark’s wedding at Styal Lodge to share with you this morning.

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Before we begin – did you see yesterday’s competition to win your wedding photography? Don’t miss that one! It’s a fantastic prize and the competition’s open to couples anywhere in the UK.

But now for today’s main feature with Zoe and Mark. You’ll have seen their wedding film on the blog yesterday, along with a few of my favourite images… now we have the full wedding report from Zoe and images from the lovely Jonny Draper Photography to share with you. For anyone who missed the wedding film, I’ve shared it once again at the end of the blog post – with thanks to Craig from Unforgettable Memories for sharing it with us!
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Good morning! How was your weekend? I hope you survived the snow… and had some fun playing in it too! Back to weddings now, and I have an absolute cracker to begin the week with. Zoe and Mark’s Cheshire wedding has bags of character and is guaranteed to make you smile. Zoe is beautiful, they make a fantastic couple and the wedding film will bring a tear to your eye… I should mention it’s by the lovely Craig at Unforgettable Memories.

Zoe and Mark from Unforgettable Memories on Vimeo.

I’m sharing this wedding in two blog features, this morning and tomorrow (there’s something VERY special and exciting on the way this afternoon at 4pm in between!) – the wedding film is simply amazing, and I’ve shared a little of Zoe’s wedding report with you here. My huge thanks to Jonny Draper Photography for sharing the lovely images of the day with us all today.

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If life was a rainbow… I think Rebecca and Matt’s wedding would be the pot of gold at the end. I love this wedding for the bright and wonderfully happy colours, the beautiful bride and groom and the atmosphere of celebration and love in every picture.

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There’s an unusual story to introduce this real wedding with – Matt had discovered wedding photographer Jonny Draper at Rebecca’s brother’s wedding last year, and the whole thing began with a phone call even before the proposal… Jonny himself picks up the story:

“What a wedding. It was just perfect. The amazing weather smack bang in the middle of a run of rain, thunder, fire and brimstone (it felt like it a few times!) and the most perfect couple. Bex and Matt.

I’ve known Bex & Matt for a couple of years now. Last year I photographed Bex’s brother’s wedding – Ben & Jordana. Bex was one of Jordy’s gorgeous bridesmaids. I also photographed Catherine & Richard’s wedding last year. Bex was one of Catherine’s gorgeous bridesmaids. Matt was starting to feel the pressure…!!!

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We’ve seen all the beautiful images from 14 of the North West’s finest wedding photographers – I think it’s time for a story: let’s go from “Once upon a time…” to “this week we’re launching Love Bridal!”, shall we? Here’s Emma Draper to tell you all about the brand new Love Bridal boutique and her fabulous designer’s collections launching today.

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Love Bridal Boutique has been born out of our passion for all things bridal! My own prior experience as Boutique Manager for a Manchester bridal boutique, coupled with my work as a bridal make-up artist and also as Studio Director within Jonny’s photography business too (yes we live and breathe all things bridal!) has given me invaluable knowledge about the wedding industry. Let’s just say that weddings are what we do and what makes us tick. So, given all our experience, Love Bridal is the very last piece of our lovely wedding jigsaw.

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A creative wedding day in the heart of the countryside. A beautiful English country house, a gorgeous bride and groom, stunning pictures, even a nod back to the royal wedding (who remembers that one?!) – so I think you’ll really love this wedding blog feature!

This is one of two weddings at The Ashes I have to blog – so if you love this wedding venue, keep watching English Wedding blog!

Ruth and Andy make a great couple and I’m delighted to be sharing their wedding with you today. When wedding photographer Jonny Draper got in touch with me he told me “Ruth and Andy are a gorgeous couple, their wedding had loads of lovely details – one of their ushers had made her shoes for example! (not on a whim, he is actually a shoe designer!)” And that last little comment swung it for me – I had to see more!

Real wedding blog The Ashes Jonny Draper (2)I have all of Jonny’s gorgeous wedding photography from the day here, along with a fantastic wedding report from Ruth. I’ll hand over to the two of them for the rest of the blog post. Enjoy it everyone!

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So you’ve seen The Future of Vintage, and it’s bright! Like it? Then here’s the English Wedding blog’s guide to getting the look! All images are by the wonderful Jonny Draper.

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The Future of Vintage: Decorate a neutral venue like Styal Lodgewith pretty, bright colours

Decorate your wedding venue in brights, but keep sight of the prettiness of vintage: use paper lanterns in a few bright shades, and add splashes of colour with chair cover sashes and table decorations. Fairy lights always look fabulous (especially as day turns into evening).

Top tip: choose a wedding venue to fit your colours, somewhere without extensive decoration or dark colours on the walls or floor. Styal Lodge is perfect: with a pale carpet, light wood walls and windows everywhere, it’s a really versatile wedding venue for any modern or Future of Vintage theme!

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The Future of Vintage: find brightly coloured vintage china like this teapot from Pink Pepper

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Did you see the Flying Bride earlier today on English Wedding’s Future of Vintage exclusive? The shoot had so many inspiring pictures I had to share a little ‘behind the scenes’ – especially for any North West brides looking for creative suppliers, or for wedding businesses thinking about their own creative shoots.

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Photography credits: Jonny Draper www.jonnydraper.co.uk

Imagined up by Manchester photographer Jonny Draper and Styal Lodge manager Georgina Higham, this really was a fantastic shoot. Not just for the images and the way it all looks, but for how these guys work so well together.

I’ve met Jonny a couple of times, visited Styal Lodge and chatted to Georgina and Sarah, and I really felt inspired by them both: shoots like this are just one way they work together; there are also events for brides and grooms, and Jonny is very much involved with other wedding businesses in the Manchester area – organising days to work on social networking skills, sharing product photography and generally growing a successful wedding photography business based around friendship and advice.

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The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (19)Still in love with vintage weddings? I am. Gorgeous retro styling and old fashioned lace and prettiness gets me every time. But vintage has been around for a few years and now it’s time for change! Today, the English Wedding blog brings you…

The Future of Vintage!

Exclusively on the English Wedding blog, this gorgeous alternative vintage wedding shoot features stars of the UK wedding scene: Charlotte Balbier wedding dresses shine in the unique setting of Cheshire’s Styal Lodge.

The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (2)The brainchild of wedding photographer Jonny Draper and Georgina Higham who, along with her mum and sisters, runs Styal Lodge wedding venue – this shoot reveals a stunning and exciting future for vintage weddings: full of colour and quirkiness, with a focus on details and accessories to complement those gorgeous Charlotte Balbier dresses (kindly supplied by The White Closet bridal boutique in Didsbury).

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The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (5)The Future of Vintage is bright and quirky, full of colour and vibrance, with exciting accessories and creative details – it looks good enough to eat!

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Vintage weddings… pastels and lace, details and delicates, chintzy and chic. As much as we love the vintage wedding theme, we can’t help looking to the future and seeing what will come out of the vintage wedding trend.

Tomorrow on the English Wedding blog – at midday exactly! – we bring you an exclusive bridal shoot from Styal Lodge. With bridal designer Charlotte Balbier, The White Closet bridal boutique and photographer Jonny Draper – and many more – this is an unmissable wedding photoshoot for vintage-loving brides and grooms.

Don’t miss The Future of Vintage – exclusively on English Wedding

Stalk English Wedding on Facebook or follow me on Twitter for a shout out when the shoot is on the blog tomorrow. (And for lots more as well, including a “get the look” feature and behind the scenes pics later in the day!)

 

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engagement photography on english weddingHello there, and happy Sunday night / Monday morning. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed as much gorgeous sunshine as we had here in Cheshire today. Well it’s back to work with a bump on Monday morning – for me too – but I think I can lift your spirits by saying… “Welcome one and all to e-shoot week on the English Wedding blog!”

This week’s all about engagements. Christmas and New Year are peak times for proposals, and if you’re just setting out on your wedding planning adventure let me say a very happy Congratulations to you and your other half – and enjoy every second of the whole experience! It will be a journey you will never forget.

So what’s e-shoot week all about? I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some pre-wedding photography sessions with everyone. I featured the first ever e-shoot on English Wedding back in October and it inspired me to look into pre-wedding photography in a big way. Many photographers offer engagement photography as a way to get comfortable with being photographed before your big day – and I think it’s a fantastic thing to do.

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I love the colours in this shot, and the super cool poses from the bridal party.

Olly and Louise came all the way from Australia and were married at The Great Hall at Mains in Lancashire this summer. I spotted their wedding on wedding photographer Jonny Draper‘s blog and couldn’t resist… Louise is a gorgeous bride, Olly’s so handsome, they make a striking couple and every photo is perfect.

Plus there was the llama, which had me in stitches…

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The day begins at The Cartford Inn where the boys are getting ready...

The Cartford Inn is a lovely little hotel not far from Preston in Lancashire.

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Jimmy Choo wedding shoes!

Why have one pair of Jimmy Choos when you can have two!

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Louise looks amazing as she poses for a pre wedding photo

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The prettiest little church for an English wedding

Louise and Olly were married at The Church of St Michael in the village of St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire. The late mediaeval church is a Grade I listed building.