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Morning again! I hope you’re having a lovely day so far, not working too hard… and even if you are, it’s time to have a little break and enjoy some lovely wedding ideas and inspiration now. (hehe – tell your boss I said so 😉 It’ll only take five minutes, ten if you’re extra wonderful and leave us a comment!

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Victoriana wedding ideas blog – fabulous florals and delicious little details

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Today’s wedding blog is a fantastic Victoriana inspired shoot from a quirky English wedding venue – the kind of place with decades of history and bundles of character and charm. Wedding photographer Rebecca Douglas told me all about this fantastic collaborative shoot with a bunch of Kent wedding suppliers and I knew straight away I had to share it with you! I’ll hand over to Rebecca to tell you more 🙂 Enjoy! Claire x

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Happy Monday everyone! Have you had a lovely weekend? It’s a short week for me this week as I’m off adventuring in a few days’ time, so I’m launching straight into the week with an amazing wedding blog from Charlotte and Craig.

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This is one of those times where the pictures paint a thousand words – it’s a breathtakingly beautiful marquee wedding which simply has everything you could dream of! Charlotte is stunning; Craig is ever so handsome; the dress is divine, and there are lots of gorgeous ideas to take away with you.

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All of today’s fabulous wedding blog photographs are by the very lovely Christian and Erica from Christian Ward Photography, and Charlotte and Craig have kindly written their wedding report to share with you as well. It’s full of inspiration and ideas as well as great advice – I’m especially impressed with the ladies VIP area… read all about that from about halfway down today’s blog post!

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A confession first of all today everyone: I’ve been gazing at the images for this wedding blog post (possibly dribbling a little) for quite a long time. I should have been typing but a mixture of admiration and hunger stopped me in my tracks! Today I’m sharing the best wedding cakes I’ve seen all year – seriously these are damned impressive and then some!

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My favourite! Au Naturale is a stack of Madagascan vanilla sponge filled with vanilla buttercream and fruity raspberry jam, with a long glossy red ribbon bow, which draped down the length of the cake creates a bold and striking focal point.

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Designer Beth is modest about her wedding cakes, and I suspect she’s blushing already but I really do admire her creativity, attention to detail and the passion she pours into her wedding cakes business. Beth is based in the North West, has exhibited and given demonstrations at top events like The Cake & Bake Show and designed cakes for high profile events and many, many weddings.

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Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had an amazing week. It’s been busy here – I promise I’ll show you some of the wedding calligraphy I’ve been working on, as soon as I can upload the images… I even missed a day on English Wedding Blog last week as I was writing so much! (whistles… did anyone notice it went quiet last Thursday?! Oops!)

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Anyway, it’s been a brilliant couple of weeks for wedding submissions and one I loved most was from the very lovely Joseph Hall. I know you’ll love Simon and Gemma’s Bristol wedding – it’s simple and elegant and the images are wonderful. They’ll make you smile too: I don’t often say this, but watch out for the gorilla!

Simon and Gemma shared their wedding report at the end of today’s feature so do have a read, and leave a comment if you can! Congratulations to a bride and groom who are both gorgeous and generous for sharing their big day on the blog, and my thanks to wedding photographer Joseph Hall for the submission. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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I’m always awestruck by the time and effort that goes into planning a wedding, so reading that Melissa designed her own wedding dress really impressed me! Add in all the creative touches to this beautiful English wedding and this is instantly a blog favourite.

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The gorgeous couple have the most romantic story and their wedding is simply wonderful too. Watch out for the cutest leaf name place settings, apple menu holders, flower jars with rustic twine, log table numbers and the burlap seating plan… all out of this world. The highlight of course has to be Melissa’s dress – I know you’ll love it.

Congratulations to the lovely Melissa and Jamie, and thank you to Shaun Taylor Photography for submitting their wedding for us all to share today. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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A traditional English wedding with rustic details

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I really love this vintage wedding from Bartle Hall in Lancashire – as soon as I saw Jemma and Paul on their photographer Philip Bamber‘s website I knew it was perfect for the English Wedding Blog. You’ll love this…

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With a floral table plan, birdcages and pretty details inspired by a vintage theme, as well as the loveliest Benjamin Roberts dress, Jemma and Paul’s wedding is ever so pretty. The photography is gorgeous and you can see more by clicking the link at the end of their wedding report.

Congratulations Jemma and Paul, and thank you Philip Bamber for submitting such a beautiful wedding for me and my readers. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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The bride and groom: Jemma Smith and Paul Gardner

Wedding venue:

Bartle Hall, Preston, Lancashire

Wedding photographer:

Philip Bamber Photography

How would you describe your wedding style?

We opted for a vintage themed wedding

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had a civil ceremony at Bartle Hall in the beautiful Windsor Suite. It was a relaxed atmosphere.

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Hello everyone! Today is all about David and Steph, whose wedding breaks a few of the old-fashioned rules about all the things you ‘have to have’ for your wedding day. This fantastic couple chose one wedding supplier (only!), used kids’ invitations, didn’t have readings, and created an elegant wedding without spending a fortune. I love everything about their intimate wedding in Manchester and can’t wait to share it with you today!

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All of the images are by my friend and wedding blog sponsor Phil Drinkwater Photography. Words are by Steph and David, and their story is a very romantic one indeed. I love the ‘marry me’ image, and the mention of David Hasselhoff in their ‘memorable moments’… classic. Enjoy! Claire xxx
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Steph and David: a relaxed and informal wedding in Manchester

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The wedding venue: Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
Wedding photographer: Phil Drinkwater

A little about the wedding ceremony:

We had a very simple ceremony in front of our families and close friends

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You just don’t see much wedding stationery on blogs – or at least, not as much as I think there should be! I love paper, you see. I love graphic design and typography, handwriting (from neat lettering to extravagant scrawls) and I love details. So when I stumbled across the Truly Madly Dottie blog I was more than pleased to see them again!

I’ve actually been stumbling across these guys all week! We’re involved in a little photo shoot which I can’t tell you about, along with some other fantastic wedding people – all very exciting. And then I spotted the lovely Dottie ladies on Love My Dress blog as well!

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Why so popular? Because these two ladies are ever so talented and have combined their skills to make a rather exceptional wedding business – with Dottie Creations and Dottie Photography providing paper and pictures to UK brides and grooms!

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James and Katherine’s big day is all about timeless elegance. This couple chose a luxury Surrey wedding venue (Botley’s Mansion) to host their day, and the wedding reception was all about delicate golden colours and beautiful, traditional styling.

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Katherine describes their day as “An elegant and stylish wedding with a tasteful presence of gold, ivory and sparkle detail that provided a backdrop for the rich and colourful accents seen in the grand reception flower arrangements.” It most certainly is – and I think this wedding shows one of our most luxurious stately home wedding venues at it’s very best.

The photography is by lovely reportage wedding photographer Karen Flower, and Katherine and James have shared their wedding story with you today as well – it starts about a third of the way down the page. Enjoy – and be inspired! Claire xxx

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Katherine and James – a timeless, elegant Surrey wedding blog

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Wedding venue:

St Mary Oatlands Church and Botley’s Mansion

Wedding photographer:

Karen Flower www.karenflowerphotography.com

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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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Everyone has a strong idea about how a wedding should be: lavish and extravagant is fine if you have the money and it suits your lifestyle. But personally, for me, nothing is more romantic than an intimate wedding with a few guests and some little details to make the day your own. Their country wedding just looks perfect to me: warm and cosy, stylish and really personal. And I absolutely love it.

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With congratulations to Fi and Tom, and a big thank you for sharing your wedding story with us all on English Wedding Blog today. Thanks also to Northamptonshire wedding photographer Aaron Collett for submitting the wedding for a feature. How could I possibly say no? This is right up my street, and the photos are beautiful. You’ll find the wedding story about halfway down the page. Enjoy! Claire xxx

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Wedding venue:

The Saracen’s Head, Little Brington

Wedding photographer:

Northamptonshire wedding photographer Aaron Collett www.aaroncollettphotography.co.uk

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Hi everyone! I can’t resist writing up this little wedding blog, inspired by last week’s red carpet performances – oh, and some films. Seeing the Oscar winners announced and watching TV news’s analysis of all the best dresses on the night really got me thinking.

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Hollywood glamour is a great inspiration for wedding themes. But let the Oscars inspire your big day too much, and you could have a disaster on your hands! Here’s why.

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Watching ITV Daybreak (shoot me now) last week, I began to wonder if there was an alternative Oscars, something I hadn’t heard of. I was vaguely puzzled to see a parade of dresses, paparazzi-style flashbulbs and glowing teeth. All very pretty – but aren’t the Oscars supposed to be about films?

Suddenly expensive dresses seemed to take centre stage, and the real stars – the directors, producers and immensely talented actors – were nowhere to be seen. Sadly, I’ve seen the same phenomenon in wedding magazines and across the wedding industry.