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Hello there my lovelies, welcome to the weekend! It seems like only moments have passed since last weekend’s excitement at The Handmade Fair – where we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon in the company of the fabulous Karen Flower. Karen has been featured on the English Wedding Blog many times – her wedding photography is just beautiful. I’m delighted to be able to welcome Karen back as a sponsor of the English Wedding Blog today – she comes highly recommended as a talented photographer and one of the loveliest people I’ve met on my travels too!

Karen told me wedding photography “goes beyond just taking photos of what’s in front of me: it is about anticipating moments, looking for connections between people and telling a story of your wedding by linking all the elements of your day together.

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She looks for good light and interesting compositions to make your photos look special but also truthful and real. Your wedding day is about you, and Karen will be there to capture who you are, who you love and how you like to celebrate.

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Hey everyone! Do you like the new look English Wedding Blog? I’m delighted with the new header image from lovely Joseph Hall Photography and pleased to have such a fresh and sunny look for the blog this week. I hope you love it too! I’m soooo busy in my little craft studio this morning getting ready for The Handmade Fair (are you coming?) – but quickly wanted to tell you about a feature I’ve had published by Hello Magazine in their brand new Wedding Hub.

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Matilde from Hello! asked me for my best tips for an outdoor wedding, and I shared 10 styling ideas for a rustic wedding – helped enormously by the gorgeous images from Karen Flower Photography!

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My top 10 outdoor wedding style tips, in a nutshell:

  1. DIY a rustic backdrop and keep the theme going with table decor
  2. Mix tones and textures for a rustic look
  3. Create your own rustic DIY wedding tablescape
  4. Choose a bouquet which fits the rustic outdoor theme
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How many of you are getting married this spring? The weeks seem to be flying by, and with the sunny days we’ve been having it almost feels like April is here already… so I thought it’d be a perfect day to share Fiona and Matthew’s wonderful April wedding blog with you. The gorgeous couple were married in Richmond, Surrey, and their Pembroke Lodge wedding is beautifully styled for springtime.

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I adore Fiona’s lace dress (the back is just so beautiful, isn’t it… she’s such a stunning bride!) and the soft white and blue flowers are the perfect special touch for their day. Everything is captured beautifully by lovely Surrey wedding photographer Karen Flower – do visit her website (oh! and read the review Fiona and Matthew give her in their wedding report at the end of the blog – she comes very highly recommended indeed!) www.karenflowerphotography.com

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Our wedding report: Fiona and Matthew

Wedding venue:

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Outdoor weddings are a really exciting opportunity for UK brides and grooms in 2014. More and more venues are offering outdoor spaces where you can have your civil ceremony, and rustic styling with influences from nature can be as gorgeous as it is a dream to create!

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But faced with a lawn, a gazebo or an ornate bandstand for your wedding ceremony, how do you begin to decorate your space? Many couples want to personalise their ceremony backdrop and make it theirs, and I think that’s a wonderful idea. Carrying on the theme to wedding tables for the reception will help coordinate your day – and it’s ever so easy to DIY with a little help from the experts!
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I was delighted to be involved in this rustic and natural DIY inspiration shoot with lovely Surrey wedding photographer Karen Flower. Karen told me how much she’d enjoyed styling the shoot, and said “We did all the styling ourselves and used my own linen and bought containers from Ikea” – and isn’t it amazing what you can achieve?!

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Hi again everyone, and happy Friday – can you believe it’s November already? The plus side… nearly time for some gorgeous winter weddings and definitely time for a reminder of those beautiful snowy wedding scenes some of you might have for your wedding day this winter. Do we have any December or January brides and grooms reading? Then today’s real wedding blog feature is for you!

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I’m so proud to be sharing Sian and Dean’s beautiful wedding in Surrey with you today. It has a festive feeling to it, and I adore how today’s couple just never stop smiling. The scenes in the forest are out of this world… magical, almost.

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Huge thanks to Sian for sharing her fantastic wedding report with us all today – I hope you love it. Congratulations, lovely lady 🙂 And my thanks also to fab Surrey wedding photographer Karen Flower, who captured their day so beautifully. Do read Sian’s review for Karen, which is really heartfelt and touching. This lady comes very highly recommended!

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Kelly’s beautiful smile will brighten your morning – there’s a promise! She’s just gorgeous, and groom Anthony is her perfect match. Their wedding at Wasing Park in Berkshire is modern with a rustic twist.

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Kelly wears a wonderful dress by English designer Kate Sherford, and Anthony’s suit is a smart herringbone style from Stafford Tailoring. They used simple but very elegant white flower bouquets and decorations, and a deep teal colour for bridesmaids and table decor throughout the venue. The light in the glass ceremony room is fabulous, and the rustic converted barn where the wedding breakfast takes place is warm and welcoming.

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All today’s images are by the very lovely Karen Flower Photography. Karen is a Surrey wedding photographer known for her contemporary reportage style. You can find out more about her at www.karenflowerphotography.com.

Huge congratulations to Kelly and Anthony! I’m so proud to have you on the English Wedding Blog this morning. Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding report and for allowing me to share your beautiful wedding with everyone today. Claire x

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A few weeks ago I featured a beautifully elegant Surrey wedding on the blog – James and Katherine’s big day was simply wonderful and full of ideas.

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You loved it too, and wedding photographer Karen Flower was a big hit! When Karen emailed me a week or two later to say she’d already had enquiries because of the Botley’s Mansion wedding feature I was delighted – and I’m even more pleased today because Karen has joined the English Wedding Blog team of sponsors.

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You can read all about Karen on her dedicated page on the English Wedding Blog: Surrey wedding photographer Karen Flower, and there are some divine images on the page to show you a kind of cross section of her photography style. (She’s chosen gorgeous photos – beautiful lighting, love, laughter and happy tears – do have a look!)

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James and Katherine’s big day is all about timeless elegance. This couple chose a luxury Surrey wedding venue (Botley’s Mansion) to host their day, and the wedding reception was all about delicate golden colours and beautiful, traditional styling.

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Katherine describes their day as “An elegant and stylish wedding with a tasteful presence of gold, ivory and sparkle detail that provided a backdrop for the rich and colourful accents seen in the grand reception flower arrangements.” It most certainly is – and I think this wedding shows one of our most luxurious stately home wedding venues at it’s very best.

The photography is by lovely reportage wedding photographer Karen Flower, and Katherine and James have shared their wedding story with you today as well – it starts about a third of the way down the page. Enjoy – and be inspired! Claire xxx

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Wedding venue:

St Mary Oatlands Church and Botley’s Mansion

Wedding photographer:

Karen Flower www.karenflowerphotography.com