Understated luxury wedding styling in Hampshire by Jenna Hewitt, with Kitty Wheeler Shaw Photography (9)
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We’re looking back on an amazing year of real weddings, editorial photoshoots and glorious prettiness on the English Wedding Blog. We’ve shared features with so many amazing suppliers, I wanted to introduce you to some of our favourites today – and where better to begin than with the folks who turn dreams into reality? It takes a huge amount of talent and skill to be a wedding stylist and planner: these guys have an eye for beautiful design and a head for figures, logistics and calm reassurance. I take my hat off to every single one of these wonderful ladies – and I would recommend them to any couple looking for a little extra help with any aspect of wedding planning.

In no particular order, my top 15 recommended wedding planners and stylists for your 2018 wedding are…

Boho floral wedding editorial, photography by Jenny Heyworth for Aspire Photography Training (7)
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I met lovely Tracy from The Flower House at a styled editorial shoot last September – and she’s one of the friendliest wedding creatives you could hope to meet. Tracy’s talents with flowers are a joy to witness:  her arrangements are thoughtful and beautifully arranged, with huge character and a fabulous contemporary style. They’re the focal point of today’s inspiration feature, which shows you how to style a bohemian wedding with rich tones for late summer. The images are by my lovely friend Jenny Heyworth Photography for Aspire Photography Training.

Boho floral wedding editorial, photography by Jenny Heyworth for Aspire Photography Training (7)

 

Styling has the trademark elegance of Emma from Tebbey & Co, who was assisted on this shoot by Catherine from White Feather & Co. The black candles and graceful brass candlesticks work perfectly with the floral arrangements – and don’t you just love that gorgeous mix of colours and textures? The little pink pointy flowers are Blushing Bride, which is very appropriate…

Boho floral wedding editorial, photography by Jenny Heyworth for Aspire Photography Training (24)

 

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I found my way into the world of weddings via my penchant for old pens, bottles of ink and love of everything papery. Who knew my love for beautiful lettering would bring me to the pages of the English Wedding Blog, and be my introduction to such a creative and exciting industry? Ten years since the launch of Calligraphy for Weddings, I stumble across my lettering on some of the hottest wedding blogs in the world – and I love working on every single commission and project I’m asked to be a part of.

Elegant wedding calligraphy in gold ink photographed by Taylor & Porter Echoes at Enys (4)

I’m currently obsessed by the fabulous Taylor & Porter – whose visual storytelling is some of the most exquisite I’ve ever seen. Creating stationery for their styled shoots in 2015 was one of my business highlights of all time; I can only dream of writing more for the attention of their loveliest of lenses in the coming months.

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The last thing I want to do is suggest anyone fall in with the crowd and style their wedding for this year’s fashions. And yet… there’s a wonderful appeal to creating something new for your wedding, something your friends and family didn’t see at last year’s weddings, right?

I don’t follow trends in fashion; but what I see online does influence my tastes. I love messy foliage, tumbledowny style and design, upcycling and art. They impact on my home life, my calligraphy studio, the things I buy.

The same applies with weddings: we’re exposed to so many beautiful things online that we can’t help wanting a little piece of them… and this is what we’ll be seeing more of in 2016.

Feel free to run with these ideas and create something magical, or to ignore them entirely and pour your own fabulously creative style into your day.

1. Foliage | woodland | elfin brides

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I designed these invitations for something entirely different, but don’t you think they’re perfect for a winter wedding? As January looms and the days are crisp and frosty we’re all looking for warming colours: plum and gold are perfect for this time of year. Add a few gold accents and some wonderfully soft duck egg blues… this is styling heaven. If you’re considering colours to warm your winter wedding, this palette is all kinds of magical.

Calligraphy for a winter wedding Image credit Melissa Beattie Photography (15)

Images by the fabulous Melissa Beattie Photography

Invitations and stationery which have that unique, personal touch are the very best you can buy. For intimate weddings I recommend calligraphy: whether you order handwritten invitations or envelope addressing, your guests will adore the hand lettered touch.

Calligraphy for a winter wedding Image credit Melissa Beattie Photography (7)

For a larger wedding it’s more cost effective to have your invitations printed, but you can still add beautiful lettering. Choose handwritten place names, escort cards or even envelope addressing for your invites. I offer all of these services to my couples on my other website Calligraphy for Weddings.