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Never let a wedding blog tell you there are things you need to have: there aren’t. All you need is the two of you – everything else is optional. Clare and Dan’s wedding at 60 Hope Street is simple, minimalist… and all the more romantic for it. The love that shines in their photographs warms my heart. Clare found her wedding suppliers on the internet and through recommendations – and her photographer Rachel Ryan was a super find on Facebook!

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There are no needless details in today’s wedding; instead Dan and Clare spent on the things which were more important to them. Photography, of course – and a fabulous dress, quirky venue and stylish wedding invites from Not on the High Street. Flowers were elegant and simple; place settings were pretty and clutter-free. The venue is just gorgeous… watch out for that divine dining table!

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Sometimes a wedding is far too pretty to say no to, and sometimes a wedding is so pretty it takes seconds for me to squeal “yes pleeeeeeeease!” at my inbox! Jade and Lawrence’s big day shot straight into the latter category and I know you’ll love it too.

Real DIY wedding at Hedingham Castle in Essex, images by Sam and Louise Photography (17)

The gorgeous couple were married at Hedingham Castle in Essex and their day was relaxed, pretty and with lots and lots of DIY details. Jade and Lawrence saved money by asking friends and family to help out, and they also chose to ignore the traditions they didn’t like… which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is the way to do it!

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Jade is absolutely stunning, rocking a superb dress by Lou Lou Bridal and timelessly glamorous red lipstick – her bouquet is as individual as it is classy: white tulips are all a girl needs when she looks this good. Gorgeous, gorgeous girl!

Real DIY wedding at Hedingham Castle in Essex, images by Sam and Louise Photography (16)

Images are by the fabulous Sam & Louise Photography who are based in Essex. Do check them out:

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Proof that you don’t need to style your day around a restrictive ‘theme’ – Mahdieh and Joshua’s wedding is full of bright colours, and definitely has tons of character. Today’s gorgeous couple fell in love at first sight when they met as students and after getting engaged they spent just over a year planning their big day.

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Their venue is contemporary and deliciously different: the Isla Gladstone, a converted Victorian conservatory set amidst picture-perfect rose gardens and lakes, surrounded by historic stone pavilions.

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Images are by lovely Liverpool wedding photographer Lisa Howard, who covers the whole of the North West. Find out more about Lisa here:

This is a wonderfully colourful wedding with lots of character and some brilliant advice from the happy couple at the end of the feature. If things go wrong, smile and carry on – Mahdieh told me, “We were too busy enjoying ourselves to get stressed out about anything… the little hiccups were mostly just funny!” She’s most definitely my kind of bride… and I hope you enjoy their wedding as much as I did!
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