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It’s been years since I was at Styal Lodge – I remember visiting when the English Wedding Blog was a baby (we’re 6 years old now! how time flies!) – and Styal stole my heart as a luxurious, blank canvas wedding venue. It’s kind of amazing to be showing you a stunning wedding from Styal Lodge today, courtesy of my lovely friend Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography.

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The gorgeous couple who are English Wedding Blog’s favourite bride and groom today are Laura & Jon. They look amazing; they’ve shared a fabulous story of their day which you can read after all the images today. Laura told me they spent more on “small details which made a big impact. We hired our name in lights (MR & MRS Rothwell) from the Word is love which everyone commented on. Some people asked us where we were going to put the lights after the wedding. We were gutted we had to give them back!

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Hi again! I can’t believe it’s Tuesday morning already! Did I sleep through Monday (or was I working too hard… hmmm…) Anyway, I hope you’re having a lovely day. I have all the gorgeous images from Zoe and Mark’s wedding at Styal Lodge to share with you this morning.

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Before we begin – did you see yesterday’s competition to win your wedding photography? Don’t miss that one! It’s a fantastic prize and the competition’s open to couples anywhere in the UK.

But now for today’s main feature with Zoe and Mark. You’ll have seen their wedding film on the blog yesterday, along with a few of my favourite images… now we have the full wedding report from Zoe and images from the lovely Jonny Draper Photography to share with you. For anyone who missed the wedding film, I’ve shared it once again at the end of the blog post – with thanks to Craig from Unforgettable Memories for sharing it with us!
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A beautiful Cheshire wedding: Zoe and Mark

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Good morning! How was your weekend? I hope you survived the snow… and had some fun playing in it too! Back to weddings now, and I have an absolute cracker to begin the week with. Zoe and Mark’s Cheshire wedding has bags of character and is guaranteed to make you smile. Zoe is beautiful, they make a fantastic couple and the wedding film will bring a tear to your eye… I should mention it’s by the lovely Craig at Unforgettable Memories.

Zoe and Mark from Unforgettable Memories on Vimeo.

I’m sharing this wedding in two blog features, this morning and tomorrow (there’s something VERY special and exciting on the way this afternoon at 4pm in between!) – the wedding film is simply amazing, and I’ve shared a little of Zoe’s wedding report with you here. My huge thanks to Jonny Draper Photography for sharing the lovely images of the day with us all today.

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Styal Lodge real wedding blogCome and join me for this enchanting wedding at one of Cheshire’s most luxurious wedding venues. Built especially for weddings, Styal Lodge is a pretty cool place – and Charlotte and James’s wedding shows off all its best bits!

First seen on the English Wedding Showcase, I love the fun elements of this wedding day: there’s a great picture of the bridal party with funky umbrellas, and towards the end a lovely portrait picture is completely thrown by the arrival of a naughty spider… McAvoy Photography really do capture the fun and playfulness in a wedding day and I’m sure you’ll love this as much as I do.

Charlotte and James are the most adorable couple – they look so deeply in love with each other, and I’m really proud to be sharing their wedding with you today.

Styal Lodge wedding blog McAvoy Photography (1) Charlotte is so beautiful: an English Rose with perfect skin and wearing natural make up she looks stunning. I love her twisting hair vine with crystals and little leaves – so pretty!

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Yay! I’ve been waiting to see this piece of film about The Future of Vintage bridal photo shoot I featured last week on English Wedding. Into my inbox it popped yesterday and it’s brilliant! (Literally! – those colours… that sunshine…)

The Future Of Vintage Shoot from silk wedding videos on Vimeo.

Tom Harrington – previous star of his own engagement shoot on English Wedding – is the director of Silk Wedding Videos in Manchester, and was a big part of The Future of Vintage shoot at Styal Lodge.

“The future of vintage shoot was great fun to be involved in and an excellent opportunity to get some of the very best names in the wedding industry together to do what they do best!

“Jonny Draper is an incredible photographer and a good friend of mine. When he mentioned the concept of the shoot at Styal Lodge I thought it was brilliant. Vintage is very much the thing that a lot of people are looking for on their weddings. So to see how this was going to be taken forward really interested me.

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So you’ve seen The Future of Vintage, and it’s bright! Like it? Then here’s the English Wedding blog’s guide to getting the look! All images are by the wonderful Jonny Draper.

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The Future of Vintage: Decorate a neutral venue like Styal Lodgewith pretty, bright colours

Decorate your wedding venue in brights, but keep sight of the prettiness of vintage: use paper lanterns in a few bright shades, and add splashes of colour with chair cover sashes and table decorations. Fairy lights always look fabulous (especially as day turns into evening).

Top tip: choose a wedding venue to fit your colours, somewhere without extensive decoration or dark colours on the walls or floor. Styal Lodge is perfect: with a pale carpet, light wood walls and windows everywhere, it’s a really versatile wedding venue for any modern or Future of Vintage theme!

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The Future of Vintage: find brightly coloured vintage china like this teapot from Pink Pepper

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Did you see the Flying Bride earlier today on English Wedding’s Future of Vintage exclusive? The shoot had so many inspiring pictures I had to share a little ‘behind the scenes’ – especially for any North West brides looking for creative suppliers, or for wedding businesses thinking about their own creative shoots.

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Photography credits: Jonny Draper www.jonnydraper.co.uk

Imagined up by Manchester photographer Jonny Draper and Styal Lodge manager Georgina Higham, this really was a fantastic shoot. Not just for the images and the way it all looks, but for how these guys work so well together.

I’ve met Jonny a couple of times, visited Styal Lodge and chatted to Georgina and Sarah, and I really felt inspired by them both: shoots like this are just one way they work together; there are also events for brides and grooms, and Jonny is very much involved with other wedding businesses in the Manchester area – organising days to work on social networking skills, sharing product photography and generally growing a successful wedding photography business based around friendship and advice.