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It’s been a strong dress week! We’ve featured latest collections from Belle & Bunty, Anna Campbell and now the rather legendary (in the bridal world at least) Jesus Peiro. While I’m a huge fan of our UK designers (and there are some wonderful emerging talents out there) I love how the interweb has turned bridal shopping into a global experience for us all. You’ll find a list of 40 or so Jesus Peiro UK stockists at the end of this post. You’re welcome!

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Jesus Peiro wedding dresses are designed and manufactured in Spain. The collection – named CALA – includes elegant embellished gowns and jumpsuits for the more contemporary bride. Necklines are sleek and sassy, details are bold and gorgeous. Jesus Peiro is synonymous with quality and high fashion, sophistication and refinement. As such, top UK stores include Morgan Davies, Miss Bush, The White Closet, The Bridal Boutique Warwickshire and Frances Day.

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As we nestle further into our chunkiest knits and wrap our hands around mugs of steaming hot chocolate here at English Wedding Blog HQ I have just a couple of inspirational features to share with you before Christmas. It’s been an amazing year; I’m still full of the joys of the festive season and that’s very much thanks to the guys at Aspire Photography Training. Our last shoot of 2016 was full of winter wonderfulness and I simply had to share some of these ideas with you before we break up!

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Catherine (White Feather & Co.) – stylist, business mentor and the most inspirational person I know – chose pine branches and eucalyptus stems alongside brass candlesticks and copper cutlery to create a winter tablescape; warmer tones contrasting with the foliage beautifully. Bouquets were styled by the fabulous Katie at Made in Flowers.

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You simply can’t have a winter wedding without an amazing photographer, and Jenny Heyworth is up there with the best I know. She has the most romantic, atmospheric style to her images and trains photographers as part of her work at Aspire. You can discover more from Jenny here:

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Hello beautiful! I hope you’re having the most wonderful week. I’ve been super busy with my calligraphy pens recently, dreaming up something which many of you have asked me about – and I’m thrilled to say my online calligraphy workshop is finally here!! Wherever you are in the country, you can now learn calligraphy for your wedding from the comfort of your own home 🙂

The workshop is based around 6 video tutorials of calligraphy demonstrations, tips and advice. Each video is around 5-10 minutes long.

Every week you’ll receive a new video, which comes with practice worksheets for you to print. In 3 weeks you’ll learn how to write a pretty modern alphabet – enough to design your own wedding invitations, address envelopes and write place name tags.

By the end of the 6 week workshop you will know how to write a beautiful modern calligraphy script with a traditional dip pen. You’ll be ready to develop your own lettering style, and you’ll be writing and framing your calligraphy quotes to hang on your walls!

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Autumn is an amazing time to be married – the colours of the season are super inspiring and there are so many incredible ways to style your day. Today I’m thrilled to be featuring some gorgeous autumn wedding inspiration from the lovely team at Aspire Photography Training. Their styled shoots are wonderful; I was lucky enough to be there for this shoot (you’ll spot my calligraphy here and there!) and I LOVE it.

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The colours are bold and striking; contrasting soft blue tones with autumn colours works wonderfully. Vibrant orange cocktails and burnt whisky colours look stunning; combining berries with feathers and textured props is a delight!

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The calligraphy was written in shades of orange; I used a handmade paper with white lettering for the invitation and place names, while quotes and poems are striking in amber shaded inks.

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I’d LOVE to run away to Italy and elope, strolling hand in hand with my guy through characterful streets in the Mediterranean sunshine. Wouldn’t it just be a dream come true? Today’s wedding inspiration comes from the fabulous team at Aspire Photography Training, with styling by Catherine Connor and photography by Jenny Heyworth. They lived my dream this summer, taking a trip across to Venice to create this sublime elopement shoot.ClaireVenice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (38)
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I love working with the Aspire team. They’re creative, fun and just have an instinct for styling the loveliest wedding inspiration. The little details matter too, and I was thrilled to be asked to send some of my calligraphy over to Venice with them!

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(more from me at Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com)

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Everything about Venice is romantic. The tiny streets, the crumbling bridges, the lace and glass working… I really do adore it there (when I lived in Trieste I used to hop on a train every weekend just to wander the streets and soak in the atmosphere!) – and Jenny’s images capture the essence of this most romantic of cities.

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… and if there was one image I could show you to prove how amazing they are, it would be this. Melissa Beattie Photography Lowther Castle5407

Discover them both:

Melissa Beattie Photography (amazing, lovely, ridiculously talented and shoots weddings all over the UK)

Claire Pettibone (only the best designer of statement wedding dresses in the world…)

This image is a sneak peek from a styled shoot at Aspire Photography Training – and I was there with my calligraphy. There’s a little more here for you to see…

 

with: Melissa Beattie Photography | Aspire Photography Training | Jenny Heyworth Photography | Aqua The Salon | Lucy Pearson MUA | The White Closet | Claire Pettibone | Calligraphy for Weddings | Made in Flowers

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Hey lovely! It’s been the most amazing summer already and time has flown here – I’ve been ever so excited to show you a styled bridal shoot from a few weeks ago, one which really spoke to my creative side and taught me so much about wedding styling.

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Styled shoots are one of my favourite things about being a wedding blogger. My friends who are planning their weddings love them too: they inspire our blogs, fire our creative sides and get us hooked on Pinterestand in so doing they quietly sow the seeds for real weddings.

Have you ever seen a bouquet you just love, Pinned it and then discovered it was from a styled shoot with dozens and dozens more ideas to steal your heart? I have… it happens all the time with wedding blog features and I think wedding photographers, stylists and designers are the best for having the vision to create new and exciting shoots all the time.

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There’s so much I love about Katie and Kevin’s wedding: their effortless style and choice of a glamorous, vintage inspired theme, their focus on friends and family… Katie describes their wedding in Lancashire as “An amazing party filled with love and laughter surrounded by the people we love the most!

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And then there’s Katie’s beautiful Charlotte Balbier designer wedding dress, from The White Closet in Didsbury. What a stunning bride, and what a magical celebration. As we enjoy a little chilly weather this month, it’s the perfect time to share this beautiful winter wedding with you. The images are by lovely Zoe at ZT Photography, who gets a glowing review from the bride and groom in their wedding report at the end of the feature!

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See more Lancashire weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region! Enjoy today’s wedding everyone!
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I loved Jennifer and Paul’s Manchester wedding as soon as I saw their photos on the Foley Photography blog. They’re a gorgeous couple with a distinctive style; Jennifer wears her Jenny Packham wedding dress so beautifully and Paul looks amazing in his Savile Row suit – a treat I think every groom should have!

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The happy couple chose Foley Photography to take the photographs on the day. “I had looked at the websites of many photographers and felt the photographs were all very similar and pretty uninspiring. Foley Photography stood out instantly. Their photographs have a real vintage feel and Scott captures the small details and expressions that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Scott and Amedea are married themselves and run the business together. They completely listened to what we wanted and didn’t force their ideas onto us (as is the case with some photographers!). We were absolutely thrilled with the results.http://foleyphotography.co.uk
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Jennifer and Paul – a vintage wedding at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester

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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.

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The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (19)Still in love with vintage weddings? I am. Gorgeous retro styling and old fashioned lace and prettiness gets me every time. But vintage has been around for a few years and now it’s time for change! Today, the English Wedding blog brings you…

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Exclusively on the English Wedding blog, this gorgeous alternative vintage wedding shoot features stars of the UK wedding scene: Charlotte Balbier wedding dresses shine in the unique setting of Cheshire’s Styal Lodge.

The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (2)The brainchild of wedding photographer Jonny Draper and Georgina Higham who, along with her mum and sisters, runs Styal Lodge wedding venue – this shoot reveals a stunning and exciting future for vintage weddings: full of colour and quirkiness, with a focus on details and accessories to complement those gorgeous Charlotte Balbier dresses (kindly supplied by The White Closet bridal boutique in Didsbury).

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The Future of Vintage bridal shoot (5)The Future of Vintage is bright and quirky, full of colour and vibrance, with exciting accessories and creative details – it looks good enough to eat!

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