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Today’s wedding is gorgeous – elegantly styled with white flowers and tons of foliage, and with a delicious cake table and genius Jack Daniels & cigars table too! I’ve never seen this idea before and I love it so much. But the best thing about today’s wedding is the smooches and the love between beautiful Kayleigh and Stephen. They’re clearly so head over heels in love they’ve completely forgotten about the camera – and it’s such a joyful thing to see!

Images are by my lovely friend Kathryn Hopkins, whose photography you’ll see all over my wedding calligraphy website as well as in the English Wedding Bible (have you got your free copy yet?) Kathryn told me Kayleigh (who is her niece) “really is one of the loveliest people you could ever meet. She just cares so much about everyone and is so authentic and honest.” I think that beautiful personality shines through the pics, don’t you? – and I wish them both a lifetime of happiness.

Fine art bridal portraits by Kathryn Hopkins Photography on the English Wedding Blog (31)
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We spend an average of eighteen months planning a wedding – and the day itself is over in the blink of an eye. Imagine if you could spend just a little more time in your dress; have a few tranquil moments to enjoy being a bride again, after your wedding day.

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Beautiful bride Faye spent a little time with one of the loveliest photographers I know – Kathryn Hopkins – doing just that. They went along to Great Ashfield House for a post-bridal shoot and captured a romantic set of images, taking time to make more memories for Faye of her bridal style and dress.

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Weddings are so fast paced with little time to dedicate to one element during the day, so it is really lovely to be able to spend a couple of hours just documenting the bride’s style and dress after the wedding day.  I definitely recommend any bride treating themselves to a day of pampering on set and enjoying their dress again before it gets packed away forever.” ~ Kathryn Hopkins

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I’ll never be perfect. In fact, I never want to be. I’m not a perfect hair, make up, anything kind of girl. I like my life to be windswept and I practically live with sand in my shoes… I would like to think my wedding would be along those lines too! So when I see a shoot like this one, I fall head over heels in love.

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Those of you who have already read the English Wedding Bible will have spotted our cover photographer Kathryn Hopkins. She’s amazing – a brilliant person who really made my 2017 calligraphy projects special and exciting. Her style aligns so beautifully with mine – the calligraphy pieces I designed for this shoot are some of my favourites and have inspired some beautiful bespoke wedding orders thanks to our feature on Magnolia Rouge last year!

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So join me in relaxing with a camomile tea and drifting away with this breathtaking coastal wedding style edit from East Mersea Island. You’ll find a full supplier list below.Claire