Pastel balloons for a modern wedding at Shenley, with images by Nicola Norton Photography (47)
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They say weddings are all about the love, the romance, the emotions and moments… and then someone shows me THESE BALLOONS and suddenly weddings are all about that instead!! Am I wrong? But aren’t they fun and pretty and brilliant? I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing today’s wedding because – [balloons, obviously?] – it’s a real family affair, with the little ones even helping to make the wedding favours! The venue is London Shenley Club (Hertfordshire). The pics by our lovely friend and sponsor Nicola Norton Photography are a breath of fresh air, the details are wonderfully creative and Becky and Liam are just the most gorgeous-looking pair too!

Pastel balloons for a modern wedding at Shenley, with images by Nicola Norton Photography (40)

Becky and Liam described their big day as like a big, summer children’s birthday party, with cricket! They included all the best things about summer: the outdoors, sunshine, cricket, Pimms, barbecued food, ice cream, children running around in the grass… and you know what? When a wedding is all about family and children it becomes SO much FUN!

Pastel balloons for a modern wedding at Shenley, with images by Nicola Norton Photography (25)

Belle Epoque wedding style inspiration with Wedhead, image credit Elina Sazonova Photography (20)
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I have a rare gem of an editorial shoot to share with you today, lovelies – a dreamy screenful of images which will warm your heart and bring sunshine to your soul. Maybe photoshoots are missing a trick by not capturing the sheer joy of a wedding: but today we set that to rights with the most beautiful girl in a truly incredible setting, smiling and enjoying every second of her day…

Belle Epoque wedding style inspiration with Wedhead, image credit Elina Sazonova Photography (8)

The styling touches are exquisite, fine art luxury and I would encourage you to take inspiration from them to style your own wedding: whether you fall in love with the peony and rose bouquet, the show stopping Ersa Atelier gown or those glorious deep blue candles – take a little of this carefully curated shoot with you today and let it shine onto your own wedding day, do.

All images are by Elina Sazonova – a full supplier list is at the end of the feature

Belle Epoque wedding style inspiration with Wedhead, image credit Elina Sazonova Photography (14)

Anastasia from Entwined Productions design studio tells us a little more about the shoot…

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Lottie and Richard’s has to be one of the coolest, brightest, most exciting DIY weddings I’ve ever published – truly, they used ALL the colours… and it looks amazing. They’re a gorgeous couple, their images are superb, and something tells me you’re going to adore their wedding as much as I do!

A glorious wedding in Worcestershire with Jarek Lepak Photography on the English Wedding Blog (29)

There was plenty of DIY involved in the run up to the day, and Lottie told me “This was by far the main focus of our wedding preparation. I love arts and crafts.” Some of those makes include 500 origami birds, “which was a challenge!” and a 200-strong multi-coloured paper lantern display in the centre of the marquee.

A glorious wedding in Worcestershire with Jarek Lepak Photography on the English Wedding Blog (1)

Images are by West Midlands wedding photographer Jarek Lepak. Please do visit his website and discover more of his fabulous photography:

http://jareklepak.com
https://www.facebook.com/JarekLepakPhotography
https://twitter.com/JarekLepak

A glorious wedding in Worcestershire with Jarek Lepak Photography on the English Wedding Blog (20)

I can’t show you the wedding without first mentioning the gloriously colourful flowers – they’re just wonderful! Lottie told me “Roseanne’s Florist in Malvern did a fantastic job–they made beautiful multi-coloured arrangements in mixed vases and jam jars. I specifically said there were no rules on colours or flowers, and the result was incredible. It made you smile.”Claire

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There’s too much pressure to DIY wedding details, and so I’m proud to be featuring a classic English wedding today where the bride and groom found local suppliers to style their day… and not a sewing needle in sight. Joe and Florence had the most perfect wedding – a big party for family and friends with elegant styling in a Yorkshire stately home.

Rise Hall wedding blog with Lorraine Claire Photography (8)

Rise Hall is a venue with a unique history, which I knew nothing about until I’d read Florence and Joe’s wedding blog interview. The Grade II listed building was a convent, then abandoned and eventually rescued by Sarah Beeny, and is now an exclusive use wedding venue (interestingly, they never hold weddings on two consecutive days, so you can set up and clear away without any pressure!)

Rise Hall wedding blog with Lorraine Claire Photography (17)

Images are by wonderful Lorraine Claire Photography, whose new website is amazing and well worth a visit. Melissa Beattie was Lorraine’s second shooter on the day – she’s one of the loveliest and most talented people I’ve met in the wedding industry and you can find her here: www.melissabeattie.com

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I love today’s wedding for its simple, understated elegance… that looks a million dollars and more. Davide and Emma were married in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside on a glorious sunny day and their wedding is more than perfect. Emma is the most graceful bride; Davide her perfect match. Their celebrations took place at their family home, under fabulous canvas… just look at the wonderful wedding teepees!!

An elegant countryside wedding in Yorkshire with My Love Story Photography (5)

Today’s is a wedding with timeless grace and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, all captured beautifully by Alex from My Love Story Photography. Lovely Alex is based in London and shoots weddings all around the UK and beyond – and he’s amazing. You can find out more here:

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Emma wears a stunning Jesus Peiro gown from Morgan Davies Bridal – I adore the Jesus Peiro collections and Emma suits the classic style so deliciously well: she looks incredible.

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This is a wedding of the year, most definitely on my favourites list already! – so grab a sophisticated coffee and take your time scrolling through the images of Emma and Davide’s day. You’ll love this…
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British brides and stylists constantly amaze me with their skill in combining vintage and modern. Today I have a shoot which does this soooo well: set in the luxurious Biggleswade Mansion House and showcasing the work of a lovely group of local Hertfordshire wedding suppliers – this is fab.

The Mansion House styled wedding shoot by Lucy Rose Photography (12)

Images are by the very lovely Lucy Rose Photography.

Lucy told me “the shoot was 1920’s inspired with a beautiful fitted beaded dress and bold make-up on one model and a 1950’s champagne calf length dress on the other model. The wintery weather left a light scattering of snow on the ground which made a great seasonal feel to the shoot and gave the venue a lovely warm tone in the photographs.”

The Mansion House styled wedding shoot by Lucy Rose Photography (31)

In the tranquil Hertfordshire countryside stands the elegant Mansion house. Built in the 1870s and filled with 19th century paintings, it was the perfect location and took my breath away the first time I visited.”

The Mansion House styled wedding shoot by Lucy Rose Photography (41)