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Ahh… happy Friday everyone! With the weekend beginning in – ooh about 8 hours shall we say? 😉 I thought I’d share something really special with you this morning. I had the absolute honour of styling a creative shoot at Broadoaks Country House a little while ago, and we really made the most of the amazing William Morris Music Room for a truly timeless setting which brought our shoot to life. You can almost taste the romance in the air – it’s such a beautiful setting.

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Our beautiful model Kelsey wears a Sassi Holford wedding gown with exquisite embroidery detailing around the neckline. My heartfelt thanks to Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. Kelsey’s graceful and elegant hair was styled by lovely Gareth from Aqua The Salon, and make up is by Helen at Definitions Mobile Beauty.

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There are too many things I love best about today’s gorgeous couple Samantha and Lee: the fact they found out the day before the wedding that Samantha was pregnant (wow!); their budget advice to simply “blow it!” and the beautiful, enchanting images of their day by my friend Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography.

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The venue is wonderful (and not far from English Wedding Blog Towers!) with views over Lake Windermere; a little boy almost steals the show with his hobby horse (adorable!) and the entertainers clearly had everyone enthralled.

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With huge thanks to today’s very beautiful bride and groom, Samantha and Lee, and to Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography for sharing his images with us all. You’ll love them.
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Our wedding report: Samantha & Lee

Your wedding photographer’s website:

www.vickerstaffphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Over the moon!

Wedding venue:

The Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere

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Hello again and welcome into my little world! I’ve been playing with my paints and with the help of some wonderful people I’ve put together a lovely little tutorial for any brides and grooms who fancy getting painty this weekend!

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Ingredients for your paper flowers: crepe paper, cotton wool balls, big paintbrush, tube(s) of watercolour or gouache paint, double sided tape, scissors, bamboo skewers, bowl, and a microwave… and about 6 hours per 50 flowers!

The finished paper flowers were taken to a creative shoot which I hope will inspire couples to design and make some pretty bits and pieces for your own weddings. All of the paper pieces I made can be recreated at home so do watch out for the shoot – coming to a wedding blog near you soon! The three images from the shoot are by Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography and a full list of the fab suppliers involved is at the end of this feature.

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Step 1: cut bamboo skewers to desired length for flower stems

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Hello again everyone! It’s turning out to be quite a summer and I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to when I’m not writing the English Wedding Blog! I’ve been lucky enough to work with some brilliant brides and grooms worldwide on calligraphied invitations and reception stationery – not to mention the inspiration shoots I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

So here’s a few pics of my life behind the scenes as a calligrapher – forgive the cats, they do like to help! Enjoy. And if you’d like to see more, you can find my little shop on Etsy here: www.Etsy.com/shop/CalligraphyStore

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Hello everyone! Have you chosen your wedding venue? I wonder – how did you choose your perfect location? Sometimes practicality comes first: is it convenient to get to, close to home, near a motorway or miles away from anywhere? Sometimes couples make a shortlist but end up falling head over heels in love with a quirky little place they didn’t consider at first! It can be a little like buying a house: a wedding venue can feel just right, or you suddenly imagine yourselves there and you know it’s “the one”.

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Today’s blog post / bridal shoot will help you whether you’ve found your wedding venue or not: if you’re still looking it gives a little more to think about. If you’ve found the perfect venue, it will help you see it in a new light. Images are by my very creative and talented friend Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography, and are from a bridal shoot at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Lancashire.
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I wish I could have taken you with me on Tuesday when I went to visit Broadoaks Country House in the Lake District. Since I came to live on the edge of the Lakes in 2012 I’ve visited a few venues but nothing comes close to the charm of this little gem. Broadoaks Country House is described as “one of the most romantic hotels in the UK” by the AA. The website promises “secluded gardens, a magical beck that runs through our grounds and the Lake District scenery… the perfect backdrop for romantic photographs”. And oh my goodness do they deliver on those promises, with bells on!
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A Lake District wedding venue with real charm and unique style

The drive up to Broadoaks Country House is fun (especially in my Mini!) – winding country roads lead from the touristy madness of Bowness on Windermere away from the crowds and into rolling countryside. Broadoaks appears on the horizon and with its green lawn and traditional fountain looks ever so lovely from the very first moment.

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I love how today’s beautiful bride Claire describes her wedding, don’t you? She and Martin were married at The Hillbark Hotel on the Wirral, and chose lovely Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography as their wedding photographer. The images are wonderful and I’ve been so excited to share the wedding with you! What better way could there possibly be to begin the week?!

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The gypsophila (baby’s breath) bouquets and the bridesmaids’ flower crowns are lovely. Claire’s dress is stunning, and together she and Martin make a gorgeous couple. The venue is magnificent, dating back to 1891 and with that classic old English black and white Victorian front… oh! and can you believe they moved this wedding venue in 1930? All of it, brick by brick. Why? Because the owner’s wife wanted it in a different place! Now that’s devotion for you!

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Ellie and Rich’s wedding photographs take my breath away. Their wedding story brings tears to my eyes. This amazing couple created a magical wedding day but sadly not in time for Ellie’s mum, who passed away just three weeks before. Ellie told me how everyone involved with the wedding – family, friends and suppliers – did everything in their power to make this a special day for everyone. In what must have been an incredibly sad time, the wedding at Sedgebrook Hall brought families together and lifted everyone’s spirits as they celebrated with Ellie and Rich.

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There are some very touching images here – emotions captured in happiness and some moments of reflection. Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography is a wedding photographer I really admire. So I’ll leave you to scroll through the images and enjoy Ellie and Rich’s wedding day. Watch out for some really lovely photos from the dancefloor, oh and the tiger!

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Hello lovelies! I hope you’re having a nice week – anything exciting planned for the weekend, anyone? I’m feeling ever so loved-up this morning as Jayne and Steven’s English Wedding Blog report is just wonderful. So rather than me wittering on, I’m going to share a quote from today’s beautiful bride Jayne to introduce today’s real wedding on the blog:

Enjoy every minute of your wedding day. Because once you get to that point, none of the planning etc. matters, just the day when you get married to your best friend and sharing it with those nearest and dearest to you. Remember the feeling of the whole day, the nerves, the joy, the laughter. Hold on to the moments when it is just the two of you, but also soak up the feeling of being surrounded by all the people you love the most in the same room there to celebrate your love. It’s pretty darn amazing – you won’t remember everything, it will fly by and you will want to relive it over and over – but that is what the photos and videos are for. Life will return to a form of normality afterwards, but if you hold on to that feeling, it will forever make you smile.

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If you’re styling a vintage military wedding then I’ve a feeling you’ll love Sara and Dave’s wedding blog. They’re a fantastic couple with a great sense of style, and used lengths of bunting and traditional decorations to theme their gorgeous wedding.

vintage wedding (1)Not only are there loads of ideas for you from Sara & Dave’s big day, I’ve created a vintage military wedding Pinterest board with more ideas to share with you – so if you’re planning a similar style for your day, do have a look!

Congratulations to Sara and Dave, and my huge thanks to Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography for sharing the wedding photos on English Wedding Blog for us all to enjoy this morning.

Have a lovely day everyone! Claire xxx
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Ideas for styling your own vintage wedding with a military influence

  • Begin with the colours of your military uniform as a base for your venue styling
  • Use old maps for table plans and table numbers
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Hi again! Are you having a lovely day? I must say it’s nice to see sunshine on English Wedding Blog today! AJ and Ed’s Warwickshire wedding is warm and beautiful in every way: full of loving looks and radiant sunshine, and with a fabulous style to inspire your wedding day too!

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My thanks to lovely (and clearly highly sought after!) Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography for the submission, and congratulations to the gorgeous bride and groom. AJ and Ed created a fabulous wedding at Stoneleigh Abbey and they’ve been kind enough to share their wedding story with us all today. Enjoy the wedding blog – the images are fantastic and the wedding report is about halfway down the page.

Claire xxx
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Wedding venue: Stoneleigh Abbey
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A little about the wedding ceremony:

It had rained and rained for months, so the most I was hoping for was for it to be dry, at least for part of the day. Well not only was it dry it was hot! Which, when getting married in the Orangery (think greenhouse) meant the ceremony was very hot!! But I’ll never complain about the weather we got that day.