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Happy Sunday my lovelies. It’s been a whirlwind of a week here at English Wedding HQ, and I’m quietly looking forward to a normal, unexciting, basic Monday full of admin and gentle blogging. How about you? Today I wanted to take a moment to share some of my favourite posts from our lovely friends and blog sponsors the Hampshire Wedding Club. If you’re getting hitched in or near Hampshire, then please do check them out – they’re a wonderful bunch of talented wedding creatives who’ve joined forces to inspire your best day ever.

I’ve been reading Frances Moore‘s tips about hiring a make up artist for your wedding. Some of us do, some don’t… and if you’re undecided, here are some thoughts which might sway you. It’s a lovely read and really got me thinking! Should you Hire a Makeup Artist for your Wedding?

This pic and header image by Real Simple Photography. See the full feature on the Hampshire Wedding Club blog post

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Hey there, beautiful! May I interrupt your Tuesday with something all kinds of brilliant which could quite easily save you a bundle of time and energy planning your best day ever? If you’re in Hampshire (or Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey or Sussex) you will ESPECIALLY love this. The Hampshire Wedding Club is a place you can go, online and in person, to find all your wedding suppliers and get everything you need to plan your big day. It’s new, it’s hugely exciting for the wedding industry and I’m excited to see more from these lovely people! I’m even more thrilled to announce that The Hampshire Wedding Club is joining English Wedding as our newest sponsor – so we’ll be sharing much more from them in the coming months! I’ll let lovely Tasha, who is the founder of the Hampshire Wedding Club, tell you all about it. 

Claire xx

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Photo credit: Angela Ward Brown

“At the Hampshire Wedding Club we apply 10 years of industry experience to a new, exciting concept. We are very proud to support unique, extraordinary wedding specialists across our county.

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Lydia and Mark’s day is one of beautiful, traditional luxury. They celebrated at home and chose a romantic, feminine theme for their day. Lydia is stunning in her haute couture dress by Antonia Pugh-Thomas; the flowers are fabulous and the day is so full of gorgeous, creative touches to be inspired by.

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We loved sourcing the decorations and styling the reception. We lined the entrance to the marquee with three tiered terracotta pots which we had pained in soft grey and filled with lavender and seasonal plants, we put them together in April and anxiously watched them grow! We also made the place setting board and really enjoyed decorating the marquee together the day before – it really added to the excitement to see everything arriving and putting all our plans together. We used a large hamper, painted it white, and filled it with various sized flip-flops for partying in the evening, needless to say they were all snapped up as soon as the dancing started- we wish we’d bought twice as many!

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Spring is well and truly in the air this morning – I’ve just come back from a wonderful little break in Richmond (we stayed in “a large Wedgewood vase” aka Culloden Tower – it was fantastic!!!) and the spring flowers were looking beautiful… so what could be better this morning than to share this beautiful spring wedding shoot with you.

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The blue hydrangeas are divine! The whole look of the shoot is fresh and springlike, and it’s a wonderful look for a contemporary English wedding. Ideas and styling are by Alexandria Events (Alexandria is just so lovely!) and images are by Jacques Lloyd at Real Simple Photography.

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Alexandria told me, “I jumped at the chance to hold our shoot at a venue as beautiful as Oakley Hall. The grounds are gorgeous, and there were so many lovely shoot locations we were spoilt for choice! I wanted to create a fun and fresh spring feel to the shoot, and luckily the weather was on our side that day (apart from a rather gusty wind!). Overall I would describe the shoot as colourful, feminine, and soft, with an emphasis on flowers and nature.