Mixed summer florals and beaming beautiful sunshine at Iscoyd Park with Rachel Joyce Photography (51)
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Hey lovely! I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend – and oh, welcome to April! I have a proper spring in my step this morning and I’m excited to share this beautiful wedding just bursting full of summer sunshine! Rachel and Steve were married at Iscoyd Park in the summer and chose lovely Rachel Joyce as their wedding photographer.

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Wedding photographer’s website:

www.racheljoycephotography.co.uk

We looked for photographers on many different websites and blogs. I searched the lot and I found this very difficult to narrow down. What made us select Rachel was that her photos were vibrant and in the moment which is just what we wanted plus she didn’t break the budget.

We wanted most of the photos captured to be natural of ourselves and our guests enjoying the day. Rachel and Dan were brilliant throughout our day and we are literally spoilt for choice when choosing our photos for our wedding albums.

A gorgeous snowy wedding at Higher Trapp Country House Hotel with Rachel Joyce Photography (17)
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I am feeling FESTIVE today!! Christmas calligraphy orders are almost done (and we’ve had such a brilliant year with family tree orders and calligraphy workshop bookings – it’s ace!) – I have a new jumper to snuggle into and I’m generally getting in the mood for the party season. So when I spotted beautiful Lauren and Adam’s stunning Christmas wedding from Rachel Joyce in my inbox, it just felt PERFECT to share with you! There’s everything: mulled wine, Christmas trees, sparklers and even SNOW!!

A gorgeous snowy wedding at Higher Trapp Country House Hotel with Rachel Joyce Photography (23)

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.racheljoycephotography.co.uk

We had met with a couple of photographers who we didn’t feel entirely happy about, then somebody recommended Rachel. She was excellent to communicate with and once we met with her we knew straight away. She was kind and friendly, asked lots of questions and seemed genuinely interested in what we were planning for the wedding. She talked us through her style of photography and showed us albums of previous weddings she had photographed and we knew she was right for us. She clearly loves her job and it shows!

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It wouldn’t be English summertime without marquees popping up in fields everywhere for country fairs, parties and of course weddings! But wedding marquees come in all shapes and sizes, and the logistics of booking a marquee are more than a little complicated! Here are some common wedding marquee fails – and tips to help you avoid them!

 

Wedding marquee fail #1 – the unexpected water feature in the corner

Think of your wedding marquee as a big tent. Remember camping? You know tent pegs? A marquee has a slightly bigger version – basically marquees are supported by long stakes which are hammered into the ground. If there’s an underground water pipe in the wrong place, you’ll get more than a sprinkling of confetti on your big day! (And the thought of the marquee company hammering into a gas pipeline is terrifying.)

How to avoid it

Make sure your marquee company does a site visit before you book or pay your deposit. Of course, if your wedding venue has a regularly used marquee site, it’s likely to be a far safer bet!

White and green styling for an elegant wedding at West Tower, with Rachel Joyce Photography on the English Wedding Blog (29)
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How was your weekend? We’ve had the loveliest time despite it being a little on the misty side up here in the Lakes! We went for a little explore to Brockhole near Windermere with family and some of us (not me, I’m a wimp!) did a tree top trail… you know where you swing from perch to platform to net and so on? I’d totally recommend it if you’re on holiday in the Lake District anytime and have kids to entertain 🙂

Now, to ease you into the week I have a very special wedding I’ve been so excited to share with you. Suzie and Jonny’s styling is elegant and timeless, with simple white florals and beautiful foliage setting the tone for the day. The gorgeous couple were married at West Tower in Ormskirk, and our lovely friend and English Wedding Directory member Rachel Joyce Photography captured their day beautifully. I hope you love it all as much as I do!

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Beautiful real wedding at Mitton Hall with Rachel Joyce Photography Lancashire (21)
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Good morning beautiful! I hope you’re having the loveliest day – and enjoying a little sunshine still! Aren’t we lucky… it’s already been such an amazing summer and we’re still in the first week of July! And of course, this means we’re blogging beautiful weddings full of sunshine for you. Beautiful bride Sarah and her gorgeous groom Iain were married at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley. Their day is elegant and contemporary, with stunning blooms and delicious details. What do you think of the sweet pink chair sashes instead of covers? The chairs themselves are refreshingly pretty, I think 🙂 Images are by our lovely friend and English Wedding Directory member Rachel Joyce Photography.

Beautiful real wedding at Mitton Hall with Rachel Joyce Photography Lancashire (2)

We wanted to reflect the venue – at Mitton, we love the beautiful, cozy hall with all the wooden beams, and the amazingly light conservatory that looks out on to a gorgeous green backdrop. We wanted to create create a rustic, vintage feel, but keep it chic and modern. I loved my flowers! I had a mixture of different colourful flowers, including my favourite flowers peonies, hand tied with brown string. Julie from Hedgehogg florist arranged them for us – she was brilliant, I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

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There’s a secret little bucket list in my mind of photographers whose style I love and who I dream of working with one day… and who I’d definitely be getting in touch with if I was planning my own wedding! Somewhere at the top of that list is a lovely Lancashire wedding photographer who has been a supporter of and contributor to the English Wedding Blog pretty much since day one. Lovely Rachel Joyce Photography has had weddings and shoots published in the English Wedding Bible as well as on the blog, and I’m proud to say she’s a member of the English Wedding Directory too.

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Rachel describes herself as ‘a storytelling photographer’ and if you head on over to her website and blog you will soon see why. She’s skilled in her craft as a visual storyteller and her wedding images are vibrant, beautiful and joyful to look at – and she’s one of my favourite UK wedding photographers for 2018 and beyond.

 

Vibrant florals and classic English styling for a Thornton Manor wedding, images by Rachel Joyce Photography (13)
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Happy weekend everyone! What are your plans for today? I’m heading home after a lovely calligraphy workshop and concert in Manchester last night… I’m ready for cat and boyfriend snuggles and a hot chocolate or two! Today I wanted to share a gloriously colourful and luxe wedding with a whimsical look – the blooms are vibrant and lush, and Kate’s stunning dress is insanely beautiful (and a little different, which I just love!)

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Images are by lovely English Wedding Directory member Rachel Joyce Photography, and flowers are by the Flower Lounge in Didsbury – Kate told me Sian and the team at Flower Lounge were incredible and the flowers were amazing – “I’m obsessed with fresh flowers and really wanted them to be colourful and stand out which I think they definitely did!

Vibrant florals and classic English styling for a Thornton Manor wedding, images by Rachel Joyce Photography (22)

Our happy couple’s choice of venue was the magnificent Thornton Manor, which Kate had loved since she’d looked around it with a friend – there was nowhere else she and Gary could imagine getting married. Their day was fun, colourful and relaxed – and blessed with glorious August sunshine!

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by Emma Jane Weddings & Events, Staffordshire

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Image credit: Rachel Joyce Photography. Full feature here

Let’s face it, a wedding day is a LOOONG day – for both members of the bridal party and the guests too! Whilst you’re enjoying having pictures together, don’t forget your friends and family who’ll be waiting for you – keep them occupied with one (or a few) of these ideas!

1. Space Hoppers

Bring out your inner child with some bouncing fun – I can guarantee it won’t just be the children having a go!

Fabulous florals, bright coloured everything for an amazing wedding at Pennard House. Image credit Mark Leonard Photography (30)

Image credit Mark Leonard Photography. Full feature here

2. Garden Games

If the weather is on your side and you’ve a gorgeous space around your venue, ask to have some garden games set up. Giant Jenga, Giant Twister or Giant Connect Four are all great ideas to entertain the masses!

3. Magician

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Green fields, fairy lights and delicate flowers in her hair… Becky and Rob’s marquee wedding is all kinds of beautiful. Acres of countryside borrowed from Becky’s godfather meant they had the perfect location for a relaxed country celebration, and it looks divine. And oh, that dress….

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Images by lovely Directory member Rachel Joyce Photography (Lancashire) ~

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Rachel was assisted on the day by the very lovely Emma B Photography

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Dress: Astral Sundholm
Bridesmaids dresses: Dorothy Perkins
Flowers from the Heart
Twelve Management
The Hipsters
Louise Hall

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Happy Saturday, Beautiful! I had the most wonderful day yesterday at my friends Jess & Neil’s wedding at the fabulous Langley Castle – have you been? What an amazing day – congratulations to you both! xoxo … Today we’re road-tripping it gently back to the Lakes in time for a birthday party… it’s a crazy and brilliant weekend full of old friends and new, and I love it!

If you’re wedding planning, supplier searching or generally looking for inspiration then I have something fab to share with you today. The English Wedding Blog Directory is my quick, simple and gorgeous place to go to find all the best wedding suppliers – and every month I’ll introduce you to all the new folks on there… creatives, designers, and more!

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Lovelies, I hope you’re ready for a truly amazing Christmas. This year has been wonderful for the English Wedding Blog – I’ve met and worked alongside some incredible people, and we’ve featured the most stunning weddings… you can still find them all by navigating the menu at the top of this page. So as we snuggle into our Christmas pyjamas, crack open a crate of mulled wine and sprinkle ourselves with glitter here at English Wedding Blog HQ, I wanted to leave you with one last wedding before the holidays begin… and it’s a stunning, gracefully festive, delicately sparkly celebration you will LOVE!! Louise looks incredible – the entire day just makes me smile, it’s so beautiful. Happy Christmas everyone!Claire

Stunning winter wedding ideas with Rachel Joyce Photography (30)

We went for an urban venue with Christmas and Winter being the main focus of the celebration, we used rustic logs, berries and winter roses throughout. We had hot chocolate, mulled wine, warm cookies, tartan blankets and a snow machine to complete the vision! I used a local florist for my flowers – we were a little limited on what was available on 29th Dec in between Christmas and New Year but I was thrilled, we went for deep reds, roses and berries.

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As every newlywed couple will concur, your wedding day passes by in the blink of an eye. One minute you’re waking up at the crack of dawn waiting for the arrival of your hairdresser and before you know it, it’s midnight, your feet hurt from dancing, your guests are leaving and your day is over. There’s nothing you can do to slow down time but there is one very important thing you can do to ensure that you get the most out of your day. Create a wedding day timeline.

It’s probably not the most exciting bit of wedding planning you’re ever going to do. But trust me – it can make the difference between a wonderful wedding day, where you get chance to speak to all your guests, see all your hard work come to fruition, spend time with your new spouse and get the photographs you want.  The alternative?  You wing it. You set a time for your ceremony and hope everything else falls into place.  Your wedding suppliers run around like headless chickens all working to different timescales. The makeup artists doesn’t have enough time to finish your bridesmaids, you’re late to church, your photographer doesn’t get the chance to get the images you’ve asked for, the wedding breakfast is served late, your guests are hungry and bored. You feel rushed and stressed on what should be the happiest day of your life.