Do you celebrate Halloween? Here at English Wedding HQ I love the old belief in fairies and spirits – it’s said they can reach us more easily tonight than at any other time in the year… so I see it as a time to pray for loved ones lost; to celebrate their lives and look back on precious times and memories shared. It’s also a lovely opportunity to cook pumpkin stuff – I actually spent a few happy moments writing on a little pumpkin in my calligraphy class the other week! Anyway – before I begin today’s blog post I have a request for wedding stylists and photographers – I would love to feature this year’s Halloween weddings on the blog this time next year. If you’re styling or shooting a wedding today, please consider submitting it for publication on English Wedding next year. We don’t need ghosts and goths (although, that would be pretty awesome!) – I’m looking for weddings with orange, autumnal or pumpkin styling ideas to inspire our readers. Thank you!
Earlier in the year I joined forces with the team at Lakes & Cumbria Wedding Magazine to launch their very first issue – and we had an absolute blast, creating a stunning cover shoot with ultraviolet stationery and florals. This year has passed by in a whirlwind, but I wanted to tell all of you beautiful people about the magazine before issue 2 comes out in the autumn!
It’s the first time I’ve worked hand in hand with magazine publishers, and the girls working on the magazine are such lovely, enthusiastic and happy people I enjoyed every second of the process!
The magazine cover shoot was also a fabulous chance for me to work with some of my favourites again – lovely Camilla Lucinda Photography was a star, beautifully capturing the gorgeous editorial I created with Katie from Made in Flowers, Julia Tasker Bridal Couture, Keseme at Le Petit Salon and Ashley from Greg Malloy Hairdressing – not forgetting our lovely hosts The Forest Side and our beautiful bride Jade Hodgson.
Timeless wedding style comes from your heart. There’s so much pressure to ‘have’ things for your wedding – and yet, all you really need are the simple things: the two of you, and the things you love. Today’s shoot is beautiful for its simplicity and showcases the loveliest bridal gowns from Julia Tasker‘s Lake District boutique.
Flowers are white; calligraphy graces the walls; the beautiful bride wears the loveliest sparkle and flowers in her hair. Luxury fabrics, elegant lines and gentle sunlight make today’s inspiration simply wonderful.
I love this shoot for the people who made it happen – wedding suppliers from my neck of the woods who I think are utterly wonderful. Discover them here:
Photography: Andrea Pickering
Dress: Sassi Holford from Julia Tasker Bridal Couture
Hair: Aqua bridal hair
Accessories: Debbie Carlisle
Make-up: Definitions Mobile Beauty
Flowers: Brackens of Bowness
Calligraphy: By Moon & Tide
Venue: Silverholme, Graythwaite Estate
You might just recognise bride Steph from the cover of the English Wedding Book… you might recognise the calligraphy in this shoot as mine – I was so happy to be a part of this shoot earlier in the year. You’ll most certainly know the divine landscapes are my beloved Lake District… today’s emerald wedding inspiration shoot comes from the shores of Windermere, from one of the Lakes’ loveliest venues: Silverholme.
The richness of the wedding cakes, calligraphy wedding invitations and striking bridal bouquets contrasts with the blissfully light and dreamy bridal looks. Lake District wedding photographer Jenny Heyworth captures them all beautifully – from the intricate details of the handwritten lettering and marbled wedding cakes to the breathtaking landscapes from the shores of Windermere. Steph and Ellie’s beauty shines: hair and make up are by lovely Lucy Pearson and they wear lovely gowns from Julia Tasker Bridal Couture.
Hello there beautiful blog readers. How has your week been? I’ve had the loveliest time writing the English Wedding Blog this week, and with submissions from some of my favourite photographers waiting in the wings, I know April is going to be an amazing month too. For today though, I have a very special sneak peek for you as top British bridal designer Sassi Holford unveils her 2015 Savoy Collection. The gowns are divine, combining delicate European fabrics, imaginative beaded florals and romantic embroidery for soft impact and femininity. These beautiful designer wedding dresses are individually handmade to order in Somerset, and exclusive to Sassi Holford London.
Scroll down for exclusive designer dates with Sassi at boutiques around the country including a personal favourite of mine: the wonderful Julia Tasker Bridal Couture in Bowness on Windermere.
Paper fetish, anyone? [blogger pauses to raise hands] – it’s often part of wedding planning: you start looking at invitations and favours and see so many beautiful things you get hooked.
Welcome to my world!… I’m Claire and I’m a paper addict 🙂 so when I planned my first styled wedding shoot this year it had to be focused on the prettiest paper details.
We began with a simple concept: paper and mirrors. I would provide the paper and calligraphy details; photographer Jamie Vickerstaff would do his thing with mirrors and reflections. And wow, didn’t he just…
I wanted to show how you can create a wedding style around two simple ideas, and build on it to create an exciting and colourful display. Beginning with watercolour paper and calligraphy we added vintage stationery and china, a brooch bouquet in pastel colours, cakes with watercolour tiers and more details to create a cohesive look. I loved every second!
Love is a temporary madness….
Are you superstitious? You might want to look away now. Today’s styled shoot is a crazy cacophony of metallics and mirrors, paper, calligraphy, design and destruction. It’s all about breaking the rules, breaking free and challenging expectations.
Weddings are full of rules and etiquette. From formal invitations to receiving lines, the legal limitations and family expectations, it can all get a bit much. Silver sixpence in your shoe? Why… in case you need to catch a bus?! Break a few rules, I dare you.
“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
Louis de Bernières via Wikiquote
Hello lovely wedding blog readers, I hope you’re not working too hard today! I have the perfect feature to share with you this morning – something I was involved with a few weeks ago, where I had the pleasure of spending a day with wonderful people to create a really inspiring shoot. We created different bridal looks with our beautiful model Kelsey, and today I’m sharing the prettiest of them all, centred on a gorgeous pink peony bouquet by Kevin at Brackens of Bowness.
Kelsey shows just how easy it is to combine beautiful key pieces for a timeless and glamorous wedding style. She wears a dress by Sassi Holford, which came from the fabulous Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. The embroidered detail is so pretty, and goes beautifully with her elegant, smooth updo and natural make up. (Hair: Aqua Salon | Make up: Definitions)
All images are by my wonderful friend and inspiring wedding photographer Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography. Jamie is based in Cheshire and travels across the UK to photograph weddings… I hear he’s especially fond of the Lake District so if you’re getting married here do check him out!
Ahh… happy Friday everyone! With the weekend beginning in – ooh about 8 hours shall we say? 😉 I thought I’d share something really special with you this morning. I had the absolute honour of styling a creative shoot at Broadoaks Country House a little while ago, and we really made the most of the amazing William Morris Music Room for a truly timeless setting which brought our shoot to life. You can almost taste the romance in the air – it’s such a beautiful setting.
Hello everyone! What do you have planned for this weekend? I’ll be doing a bit of a road trip as I catch up with some lovely wedding people at two gorgeous locations: firstly Storrs Hall is holding an interactive wedding styling event:
Storrs Hall, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3LG
Sunday 16th March 2014
- Wedding dresses and bridal styling from Julia Tasker Bridal Couture
- Bridal Hair and Make up styling from Aqua Hair and Beauty and Jackie Bradder
- Interactive photo shoot from Steve Holcroft Photography
- Interactive video from Safe Harbour Productions
- Cake creations and tasting from Beaulea’s Cake Studio
- Floral and bouquet styling from Brackens of Bowness
Take the opportunity to take a look around Storrs Hall and sample canapes and drinks, whilst experiencing this complimentary bridal styling event with leading local wedding suppliers demonstrating their skills.
Broadoaks Country House’s Country Chic Wedding Fayre
A few days ago I spent a lovely hour or so with Julia Tasker at her enchanting bridal boutique and I wish I could have taken you all with me! Julia’s little world – sorry, bridal shop! – is a treat, and nestled in the sleepily beautiful town of Bowness-on-Windermere. She’s only a few minutes’ walk from the lake shore which I think qualifies this gem of a bridal boutique as a day out in itself!
I was there to discuss some secret plans with Julia, to see the gorgeous designer wedding dresses she stocks and to discover the story behind Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. It was such a lovely experience – it’s great to know some of my favourite designers are right here in the Lake District: Sassi Holford, Ritva Westenius and Caroline Castigliano take centre stage alongside Paloma Blanca and Pepe Botella.