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More than anything else I value true craftsmanship and style in the wedding industry. Mass-produced, bland styling touches turn me cold… but show me breathtaking style from independent designers and I fall head over heels in love. Today’s wedding inspo comes from the very best: creatives, artisans and designers whose work I truly adore.

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A few simple – but beautifully crafted – details can go a long way on your wedding day. Choose statement pieces and use them sparingly: a stunning dress; a unique and different bouquet and hair accessory – these are the details which will make you feel incredible and ensure your day is truly special. The blue dress is Eden by Claire Pettibone – a stunning favourite from her beautiful Couture Collection, supplied by Yorkshire’s White Room Bridal Boutique. Paper magnolias and the stunning floral hair accessories are by designer and illustrator Amy Swann.

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The images are all by Jess Petrie, a fine art wedding photographer based in the north of England. Her photography is stunning; ethereal and sensuous with the most wonderfully creative edge and style, and the most enchanting film photography you can imagine. Discover more from Jess Petrie here:

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2017 brides get to surround themselves with the most lush flowers imaginable – and the trend for exciting, statement flora is growing in momentum. “Flora”? Like, Latin? Yes – because I mean everything that’s gorgeous and green in nature – bouquets and arrangements are so much more than bunches of flowers. Today’s inspiration showcases the most stunning blooms and tendrils of leaf and stem; succulents, ferns, varieties of everything like we’ve never seen before.

This inspiration is more than just flowers of course. It’s full of wedding ideas for the botanicals-loving bride: with stationery attuned to this key theme (by the fabulous Gooseberry Moon) and amazing styling by Nina Marika (whose name is just one of those you’ll find in our fabulous new supplier directory).

Bridal make up by lovely Aimee Chorley and divine hair by Daniel Gray make this one of the prettiest bridal shoots I’ve seen so far  this year, and I really hope you love it too! Images are by the always-fabulous Tiree Dawson, and there’s a full supplier list for you below.

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Wedding cake designed by Amy Swann

You know when nature creeps into the cracks of a wall on an old industrial site…? I love that. Life prevails. Beauty wins, and today we show a transformation which will turn your wedding venue world on its head. You really can be married anywhere. I almost wonder if an abandoned warehouse space could become a more beautiful location than a stately home? After all, we’ve kind of done village halls now… Claire

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Flowers by the fabulous Swallows & Damsons

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The magic is in the contrast. An urban, industrial backdrop filled with handcrafted and botanical details: handwritten calligraphy, botanical illustration, a delicately crafted and stunning wedding cake. There are feather garlands to soften and add texture and hand cut paper flowers for a chic, modern DIY look. Dresses are by the one and only Claire Pettibone, styling is by Sheffield’s gorgeous Nina Marika, and the sublime images are courtesy of lovely Jess Petrie.

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Sometimes it’s easy to find a wedding stationery collection which stands out from the crowd… Something about Lilac & White takes my breath away: perhaps because I love a landscape and sunset, perhaps because I adore minimal, elegant design with beautifully considered typography and spacing. There isn’t a single invitation here I don’t love – and I hope you will too!

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Lilac & White design personalised wedding stationery and aim to build inspired connections with wedding parties and their guests. Their designs are simple and clear with muted colours and illustrative details to form a bohemian sophisticated style.

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L&W’s founder Paula Pidgeon says “It’s easy to have lots of different ideas and to try and jam them all on one invite. This can ruin the overall design and elegance a couple is trying to achieve.” This is where wedding branding comes in. What is this? It’s a set of design ideas used consistently across a wedding day. It’s using the same colours, fonts and illustrations in all your stationery and feature graphics. These might be used on signs, wedding favours, table numbers, flowers etc. L&W recommend selecting these elements carefully and use them consistently to achieve a unique and steady style for the day. Consistency is the key.

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I was chatting with a friend yesterday and the words “like a princess” came into our conversation – and we chuckled. Neither of us are princessy girls… and yet, doesn’t everyone want to be the centre of someone’s universe sometimes?

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That feeling of “like a princess” applies to relationships as much as it does to weddings. I’ve heard so many stories from brides-to-be finding their dress: ‘The One” – and having that princess feeling! Until now I’ve always felt a little apart from that; I’m no Cinderella, I’ve never worn a cocktail dress or ballgown – it just isn’t me. And when it comes to wedding dresses, I’d go as alternative as I could get away with!

This last month or so I’ve come to realise that alternative and princess aren’t worlds apart: you can be both. There are more princesses than Cinderella and Kate (yawn!) – and turning to those with fiery characters and exciting styles means you can look amazing, and like your gorgeous, alternative self, and still feel like a princess on your wedding day!

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Not everyone dreams of being a princess. I never have; and if I’m honest the classic bridal style isn’t for me. I love dresses which are different, creative, and which make a real impression. A dress has to have ‘wow’ as well as being beautiful. And in an ideal world, a dress has to have a story behind it. Enter the awesome Legend Bridal Designs along with an impressive cast of north west wedding suppliers for today’s alternative styled shoot…

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I’m a little obsessed with Game of Thrones. I was excited to hear that the girls at Legend Bridal Designs have recently created custom wedding gowns for brides who love the series and found the inspiration for their day there. Legend are bespoke dressmakers with a very different kind of bridal shop – their dresses are out of this world. I was over the moon to see this magical, unique bridal shoot featuring their gorgeous designs. Images are by lovely Tiree Dawson Photography.

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This morning we shared the first of three fabulous Viking inspired bridal looks, and you’ll have glimpsed some of the most amazing table styling in the banqueting hall at Lowther Castle. This afternoon I’m sharing my very favourite parts from this shoot: the tablescape – and it’s so much more than just a table! Let’s take a closer look at the tablescapes, floral design, wedding cake, stationery suite and bridal styling from this morning’s Lowther Castle shoot.

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Wedding tables are changing: the last thing they are is flat… tablescapes now include fabulous hanging decorations and sumptuous design from floor to ceiling. The banqueting tablescape from Lowther Castle was one of the loveliest I’ve EVER seen – and it’s so exciting to be able to share it with you on the English Wedding Blog.

Here’s how to create a unique and exciting look for your Viking inspired wedding celebration. It’s perfect for any castle wedding reception, and especially suited to the winter months when you’re looking to add colour to your tables. Enjoy!Claire

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You’re about to have a brilliantly inspiring Monday morning. (You’re welcome!) I’ve fallen head over heels for today’s style inspiration: we’re about to journey into a world of Viking style, via a shoot which embraces amazing lighting, decor and beauty. There’s a fabulously creative tablescape the like of which I’ve never seen before: it’s simply out of this world.

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The first bridal look is my favourite: those long braids and striking accessories are more than gorgeous – and the dress and accessories work beautifully. It’s an alternative look for a bride with real character: a chance to embrace your creativity and dress up – knowing your bridal look will be unique, and oh so you.

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I adore the shape of this dress as much as I do the detailing: the delicate lace and hand cut suede flowers in the shoulder detail make it such a magical style to wear – bliss!

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