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Place Hotel wedding photography (9)Recent Mondays on English Wedding Blog have been real treats. Today is no exception… for me it’s all about exquisite wedding photography. I’m sharing a glamorous bridal shoot from The Place Hotel in Manchester. There are wedding dresses from Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier’s 2013 collections, there are contemporary and elegant wedding flowers. The make up is perfect; the accessories chic and striking. The venue – is a dream.

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Cheshire wedding photographers Vickerstaff Photography – or Jamie and Tory as you may know them if you follow English Wedding Blog here or on facebook – are making waves in wedding photography. A vibrant and creative team, they’re lovely people and the images you’re about to see are simply breathtaking.

However… I have my instructions to stop talking and to hand over to Tory to tell you about the shoot! So here you go – enjoy!

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Heads turned to camera. BIG cheesy grin. ‘Thank you Claire, we’ll take it from here…’

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Jeni from Vanilla Rose Weddings sent me this lovely English wedding inspiration shoot for me to share with you all – and how could I resist?! English country garden is one wedding theme that never seems to date, and while so many couples are looking for a timeless look for their weddings I think it’s a wedding style which works every single time.

All the lovely photos are by Judi Checketts Photography. The venue for the shoot was the beautiful Merriscourt Galleries. The shoot was created by Jeni from Vanilla Rose Weddings, an Oxfordshire wedding planner. There are some fabulous wedding suppliers (based around Oxfordshire) involved in this shoot, and all of their details are below for you. Do click on their links to find out more! Over to Jeni…

English country garden – a wedding ideas shoot

I wanted to create an English Country Garden wedding in the heart of the Cotswolds for this photo shoot. The Merriscourt Gallery (located between the quintessentially English villages of Burford and Chipping Norton) has the perfect setting for an English wedding with simply stunning views, wonderfully friendly staff, and an array of spacious barns in which to create a dream wedding!

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Nicky and Natalie’s wedding has everything a wedding blogger could wish for and more: romantic hugs, gorgeous design (Vivienne Westwood anyone?), and fabulous details which combine rustic with modern elements. The wedding venue and decor, by the way, is sublime! Dream Occasions‘ Bernadette Chapman worked her magic there, and helped with the wedding story for this blog post as well!

There are beautiful pictures – courtesy of the lovely wedding photographer Mark Bothwell – and plenty of ideas for other couples to include in rustic but elegant weddings. But most of all, this is one of those weddings which has that fantastic sense of freedom: a humanist ceremony, some glorious moments with friends and family, and a couple who wear their hearts on their sleeves. Nicky and Natalie are beautiful and inspiring. I hope you love today’s wedding blog as much as I do.

Claire xx

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This isn’t pretty! Unusually for a wedding blog I suppose… I was having a bit of an email chat with the lovely Wendy Bell from WBD Designer Wedding Stationery this week, and she asked if I photographed my wedding calligraphy myself, and how / where I did it.

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Place name doilies with calligraphy from www.Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

I try and make sure all the photography I show on my calligraphy website and blog is up to a decent standard: for a wedding product which is all about looks, photography is really important. I’ve seen plenty of wedding supplier websites and facebook pages where the product photography lets the site down.

I don’t have any special equipment for photographing my work, so I thought I’d share a very honest view of my usual setup! Scuse the paws… they’re banished from the room when I’m photographing orders; only allowed in for samples!

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A finished wedding calligraphy photograph: cropped, exposure tweaked and resized for the web

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I zoomed out a little to show you the limited spot of sunshine I was using, and my two little assistants…

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rustic wedding ideas (24)Jody and Richard’s wed­ding was held at The Sta­bles at Cross Butts in Whitby, a family-run wed­ding venue with the option of hav­ing a civil cer­e­mony out­doors. They cre­ated a lovely theme with rus­tic details, and their wedding day was full of gorgeous ideas with a relaxed, natural atmosphere.

Yesterday I featured the bridal preparations and outdoor wedding ceremony on English Wedding Blog, and today I’d like to share all the details of the day with you. Jody and Richard worked so hard to create a beautiful day, and I know any couples out there planning a similar day will be inspired by their wedding decor.

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I’ll let Jody tell you more! All the photography is by award-winning Der­byshire wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers HBA Pho­tog­ra­phy, and please do check out the recommended wedding supplier list at the end of this blog post.

Enjoy! xxx
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Richard and Jody’s rus­tic wed­ding at Cross Butts in Whitby: part two!

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How would you describe your wedding style?

We wanted our wedding to fit in with the venue which is described as “Where Country meets Town”, and we wanted a rustic and natural feel.
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rustic wedding ideas blog (12)If you’re looking for beautiful and rustic styling ideas, today’s wedding blog post will be right up your street! As will tomorrow’s…

I love Jody and Richard’s wedding for the atmosphere they created. Their wedding was held at The Stables at Cross Butts in Whitby, a family-run wedding venue with the option of having a civil ceremony outdoors. They created a lovely theme with rustic detailing… it’s a gorgeous celebration I know you’ll enjoy.
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Richard and Jody chose award-winning Derbyshire wedding photographers HBA Photography to capture their day. Photographers Ben and Hannah Appleby described Cross Butts as “a great wedding venue with one of the best marquees we’ve ever seen and it was so well decorated – an immense amount of effort from Jody & Rich and really worth it!

I’ll hand over to Jody and Richard to tell the story of their day, and leave you to enjoy the images by HBA Photography which go so well with the theme and style of this beautiful wedding.

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The launch of Love Bridal today is something for the wedding industry in the North West of England to really celebrate. While I’m now Norther and Wester than all of the photographers involved in the shoot, I’m still delighted that English Wedding Blog is playing a part in this launch: the way these guys work together is inspiring.

Love Bridal Boutique Cheshire by Jonny Draper Photography

Love Bridal Boutique Cheshire by Jonny Draper Photography

This is a fantastic showcase of the wedding dress designers at Love Bridal boutique:

  • Terry Fox
  • Mia Mia by Alan Hannah
  • Intuzuri
  • Heritage Collection by Balbier Wyatt

It’s also a great introduction to some of the best wedding photographers in the North and West of England. These guys work together and share ideas because they have such different styles and perspectives – who’d have thought wedding photography came in so many shapes and sizes!

Jonny Draper Photography – launching Love Bridal

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Love Bridal launch by Jonny Draper Photography

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We’ve seen all the beautiful images from 14 of the North West’s finest wedding photographers – I think it’s time for a story: let’s go from “Once upon a time…” to “this week we’re launching Love Bridal!”, shall we? Here’s Emma Draper to tell you all about the brand new Love Bridal boutique and her fabulous designer’s collections launching today.

by Emma Draper for Love Bridal boutique

Love Bridal Boutique has been born out of our passion for all things bridal! My own prior experience as Boutique Manager for a Manchester bridal boutique, coupled with my work as a bridal make-up artist and also as Studio Director within Jonny’s photography business too (yes we live and breathe all things bridal!) has given me invaluable knowledge about the wedding industry. Let’s just say that weddings are what we do and what makes us tick. So, given all our experience, Love Bridal is the very last piece of our lovely wedding jigsaw.

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I’m more than delighted to be sharing the Love Bridal launch with you today – and there was no way I could save the best for last… so shall we do the best bits first? Oh, go on then…

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Love Bridal Boutique Cheshire – Mia Mia wedding dress – Photography by Jonny Draper Photography

Emma and Jonny Draper asked their friends – many of the best wedding photographers from the North West of England – to help photograph wedding dress collections and accessories for Love Bridal. Each of the photographers involved has chosen five favourite shots from the day. I’ve chosen my own favourites: one per photographer. (More later!) This is a taster of what’s coming up later today on English Wedding Blog:

The Best of the North West – launching Love Bridal

“Welcome to the new breed of wedding photographer. The wedding photographer who likes to share thoughts & ideas with other wedding photographers to make us all get better at what we do.”

Welcome to The Best of the North West…

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Hunsbury Hill wedding photographer (50)Morning everyone! I hope you’re enjoying a peek at some sunshine this morning, wherever you are! Today’s real wedding fits beautifully with the bright day we’re supposed to be having: the bright floral bouquet sets the scene for a fun, romantic and personality-filled wedding day.

I’ve just been asked to share my thoughts on original wedding themes for a press interview, and I told the reporter the most standout weddings for me are all about personality.

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Hannah and Nathaniel are the perfect example of that – as Hannah’s wedding report says, “we decided that we didn’t want a theme. It was important to us that our guests felt like the wedding was a true reflection of “US” so we chose things that we liked” – and if you ask me, that’s the best way to plan a wedding.

The images of their day, submitted by the lovely Northampton wedding photographer Aaron Collett, will show just how glorious their wedding day turned out to be.

Enjoy! xxx

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denton hall wedding (13)I absolutely adore this and I hope you will too: Louise King and Jamie Green were married at Denton Hall in Yorkshire, and mixed the best of both worlds for their wedding.

They chose a luxury venue and beautiful styling to set the scene for their day, and incorporated their personalities in a fun and charming way with a Glasto theme: festival flags, their very own beer and CDs for wedding favours are just a few of their festival wedding ideas.
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I love this wedding: it shows how a theme can be a flavour of a wedding day without taking over, and there’s a delicious sense of fun at one of Yorkshire’s most elegant wedding venues – those flags are fantastic!

I hope any festival-loving brides and grooms out there can take inspiration from Louise and Jamie’s lovely wedding blog feature. The photography is from my old friend and Yorkshire wedding photographer Mark Tierney (and it’s ace to have you back on English Wedding Blog, Mark!)

Enjoy!

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This competition is now closed – the winner will be contacted by Paper Themes in August (2012) – thanks for all the very creative entries! Claire xx

Sad but true: on her days off, this wedding blogger likes to play on wedding invitations with her calligraphy pen! So when I got a lovely chunky parcel from Paper Themes last week as a prelude to their fab competition I kept it unopened until Saturday morning so I could have a proper experiment with their gorgeous wedding invitations.
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Paper Themes wedding invitations (from the UK)

Paper Themes didn’t disappoint: the invitations are a lovely quality (better than I expected – as their prices are also pretty impressive!) and I was sharing some of my calligraphy on my facebook page by Saturday afternoon. So I’m now heartily encouraging you to enter the competition – it’s a fantastic prize and Paper Themes are ace! I’ll let them tell you all about it!