Gorgeous handmade details by the bride for a romantic Hampshire wedding, images by Romy Lawrence Photography (29)
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Happy Friday folks! Ah… how on earth is it the end of the week already?! We’ve had the most amazing week of wedding inspiration on the blog, and I have so much planned to share with you over the weekend and next week too! But first – I like to share something really beautiful every Friday: as work is winding down we can all afford a little longer for lunch, right? So today we’re sharing Alexandra and Hugo’s marquee wedding with tons of handmade touches (beautiful bride Alexandra bought and arranged ALL the flowers, as well as making the stationery!) and gorgeous styling.

Gorgeous handmade details by the bride for a romantic Hampshire wedding, images by Romy Lawrence Photography (14)

“I arranged the bouquets, head garlands, button holes and marquee flowers along with friends and family helping with the church and flower arch. My bouquet was peonies – my absolute favourite with some eucalyptus. The bridesmaids had bouquets made up of lizzianthus and gypsophillia and the marquee flowers were roses and gypsophillia with the flower arch being a mix of all flowers used. When hiring a marquee you then have to do all decoration yourself so the days before the wedding no waking minute was wasted turning it into our dream venue! Plenty of flowers and bunting was used to achieve this. We had a traditional marquee with poles which we wrapped ivy around.

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I love this time of year: we’re moving slowly from featuring the best weddings of the summer to sharing our favourite autumn and winter weddings… and as the nights draw closer and we all remember our love for cosy jumpers, it’s really lovely to see winter weddings back on the blog!

Black and white elegance with pops of winter colour, image credit Shane Webber Photography Chester (1)

I absolutely love Sarah and Alex’s Chester Town Hall wedding. They moved on to Oddfellows Chester for the reception – a fantastic venue set in the heart of Chester. It is a quirky hotel, in a grade II listed Georgian building.

Black and white elegance with pops of winter colour, image credit Shane Webber Photography Chester (10)

The wedding cake is so striking – I love their brave choice of black icing and gold sugar flowers – so exquisite, different and beautiful.  The sophisticated black and gold colour scheme throughout the day makes their wedding so unique – I love it.

Black and white elegance with pops of winter colour, image credit Shane Webber Photography Chester (21)
Black and white elegance with pops of winter colour, image credit Shane Webber Photography Chester (22)

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Hey lovely! I hope you have some lovely bank holiday plans, and you’re making the most of the last day of the weekend!! We’re on our way back from a little Welsh adventure this afternoon, and I’m excited to get back to blogging this week (I have some gorgeous features lined up!) but first – an absolutely beautiful wedding from Gloucestershire which I know you will LOVE!!

Glorious bouquet and styling for an English Country Garden wedding, images by Unwerth Photography (20)

Rebecca and Laurence’s wedding took place at St Peter & St Paul Church of Northleach followed by a marquee reception. This was a very relaxed wedding with a Pimms garden party, band, gorgeous venue decor and a cake made by the couple’s friends. 

Glorious bouquet and styling for an English Country Garden wedding, images by Unwerth Photography (5)

The flowers were a huge joy. My best friend Kate loves flowers and had helped out with another wedding, so she reassured me we could do it ourselves. The ladies who arranged our church flowers were incredibly helpful and kindly agreed to pick up some extra bunches and offered to condition them (very important and we couldn’t have done it otherwise). We ordered blue hydrangea, cornflowers, irises, pink roses and delphiniums and used a lot of greenery from our mums’ gardens. The Friday before it was all hands on deck, me, Kate and helpers making large arrangements and jam jar centrepieces while two more friends laid the tables. We used lavender and rosemary sprigs, freshly picked, on the napkins which gave a lovely scent.

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Today’s wedding is guaranteed to bring a smile: the colours are stunning, the styling absolutely beautiful, and the bride and groom gorgeous as can be! Elaine & Matt were married at West Tower, Aughton, and describe their best day ever as “a traditional, bright and colourful day filled with smiles“.

A wonderfully colourful wedding on the English Wedding Blog, images by Samantha Ward (16)

“I wanted a vintage classic dress that would suit my petite figure. However all I knew was that I wanted some lace and a high neck, so I was very open minded.

A wonderfully colourful wedding on the English Wedding Blog, images by Samantha Ward (45)

“In order to give the illusion of height I went for a more figure hugging design. I tried on a huge variety and loved the whole experience of trying on all styles. However, when I put on the dress I chose I knew it was ‘the one.’ My mum could tell by the huge smile on my face.”

A wonderfully colourful wedding on the English Wedding Blog, images by Samantha Ward (29)

Images are by lovely Yorkshire wedding photographer Samantha Ward – Sam’s images are out of this world – do take the time to discover her work here:

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I’m a bookworm, and proud! And I love a wedding with a venue full of books… if I could get married in the village library where I spent many happy hours as a little girl I think I would, you know?! So today, a treat: a beautiful English wedding from Somerford Hall with a wonderfully bookish theme and the loveliest couple ever: Becky & Gareth.

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“Somerford Hall didn’t need a great deal of decoration as it’s so beautiful anyway. I asked for a few handmade and personal things in each room (there are so many rooms!), including vintage glass bowls filled with sweets, Jane Austen-themed bunting on the bar, and little wooden hearts on loops of ribbon. I made little framed paper crafted items, such as a list of all of our important dates, such as when we first met, and when we moved in together. My sister also updated some pretty horseshoes with ribbon and pages from old books – those horseshoes had been at my grandparents’ wedding!”

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Nicola and Liam met – officially! – on a trip to Paris and tied the knot 10 years later in Manchester’s Castlefield Rooms. I love the venue they’ve chosen… chic and central, brilliant for guests to travel to and in my favourite English city. Their day is lovely, and the images from Paul Joseph Photography are the perfect complement for their city wedding – capturing the style and atmosphere of their day so wonderfully well.

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Nicola told me their day had a slightly rustic English summer party theme. The venue was decorated with bunting and poms, and she arrived in style in a gorgeous campervan – which would always turn heads in the centre of Manchester!

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As well as the gorgeous couple and fabulous images, there’s advice for you today: Nicola told me they enjoyed making things themselves – bunting, stationery and so on – but that it can get stressful closer to the wedding. There’s always a balance to be found between budgeting and time-saving, so do think carefully before you decide to DIY! Having said that… it all looks so beautiful!

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Ted Baker is one of those classic British brands I love and admire. From the polo shirts I lived in at Uni to the floral prints of today, I feel like I’ve known Ted Baker for years and years.

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I’m not actually going to tie the knot with Ted Baker as in marry him (he’s not a real person), so apologies for the possibly misleading title (just in case!) But the brand has launched a new service for your bridesmaids and best men in Manchester and London stores, and I think it’s brilliant for super cool bridal parties. If you’re out and about this weekend looking for outfits for your best boys and girls, Ted Baker is definitely worth a visit!
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Ted Baker wedding outfits (7) Visit Ted Baker online at www.TedBaker.com to find out more.

I’d also like to say a big Congratulations to the very lovely Hannah from Ted Baker in London, who got married last Saturday! Hope you had a brilliant day, Hannah!

Claire xxx