I’m so proud to be able to say we feature EVERY kind of wedding on English-Wedding.com. For me, a wedding doesn’t have to follow a standard formula or conform to a particular look, or trend. It only has to be a celebration of love, with a splash of creativity and imagination… and gorgeous couple Ayla & Jake celebrated their commitment to one another in the loveliest possible way. A sunrise ceremony in English woodland, albeit on a very rainy day, an ‘official’ registry office marriage and a cosy and heartwarming day spent with friends and family make this a really special wedding for us to share. All images are by our lovely friend and Hampshire wedding photographer Linus Moran Photography.
Why hello there you beautiful thing you! I am so excited to share today’s gloriously romantic wedding with you! Our gorgeous couple Rosie and Chris had chose to say their ‘I dos’ in a sunny woodland setting with an amazing atmosphere, at the beautiful Blaithwaite House in Cumbria. Their styling and theme was relaxed with outdoor themes including greenery, upcycled wood and the most magical personal touches. Blaithwaite is a beautiful estate set in 250 acres of Cumbrian countryside. Rosie and Chris were married in front of ‘Mary Jane’s Summer House’, a beautiful building from the Victorian era situated on a little island surrounded by water. They told me it’s an absolutely breathtaking setting for a wedding, and I couldn’t agree more – I just know you’ll love this!
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Lauren is a childhood friend, we’ve grown up through nursery, school and sixth form and 10 years ago travelled to America together. Lauren is a wonderful photographer, we choose her because she captures beautiful candid moments and has a relaxed approach.
The floral styling is superb for today’s wedding – say hi to beautiful Laura & gorgeous Kevan who married at High Billinghurst Farm last summer. They were blessed with gloriously hot weather for their celebrations in the Sussex countryside – and while tipis were set up nearby, the temperatures meant their dream of a woodland wedding was destined to come true.
We’re taking a fascinating behind the scenes look at the wedding today, with lovely Kim at Bespoke and Beyond Weddings & Events. Kim’s story begins on the Thursday morning with the arrival of three giant hats from Beautiful World Tents. I’ll hand over to Kim who can tell you all about her vision for this stunning celebration, and how the wedding came together beautifully, creating a truly magical woodland wedding for Laura & Kevan.
A very warm welcome to English Wedding – especially if you’re just engaged!!! Congratulations, and I hope you LOVE the world of wedding blogs. I’m Claire, I write English Wedding along with all of the brides and grooms whose weddings we feature, and the photographers, stylists and wedding creatives who work so hard to bring you new styling and wedding planning ideas. Over Christmas I’m looking back through our favourite weddings from 2018, and today it’s the turn of gorgeous Rosie & Steve, whose woodland wedding at Rhinefield House in Hampshire is as magical as it is beautiful. Their photos are by lovely Gemma at Romy Lawrence Photography, Rosie’s dress is by Essense of Australia and Steve’s suit is from Hugo Boss.
Check out some more from our favourite weddings collection this Christmas – so far we’ve featured James & Keye’s festival wedding, Tig & Piers’ glamorous celebration, and Daisy & Will’s family-focused wedding. Enjoy!
Happy Saturday everyone! I’m off adventuring today in Edinburgh – we have a bit of a crazy weekend ahead, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have an AMAZING wedding to share with you this morning as well. First though, I have to tell you about my next calligraphy workshop. This one will be on a Saturday afternoon in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, perfect for anyone (else!) who’d like to spend a girly day hitting the shops, learning calligraphy, then dancing the night away in my fave city. The date is May 26th, and you can book places in my Etsy shop now. I’d love to see you there!
Back to weddings, and today’s has some of the most breathtaking images I’ve seen all year. Rosie and Steve are the loveliest couple, and their Rhinefield House wedding is captured beautifully by lovely Gemma from Romy Lawrence Photography. Watch out for really unique styling touches and incredible golden hour portraits with more romance than anything you’ve seen on a wedding blog in your life! I’ll let Gemma tell you more about this beautiful day. Enjoy! Claire xxx
If you can’t get married in a woodland enclosure, there are ways to bring a woodland wedding theme indoors. Today’s shoot captures all the beauty of natural woodland in the most beautiful way, with on trend detailing and creative ideas for a woodland wedding. The willow twists around the cake are divine; the table styling just beautiful. Woodland brides and grooms – this is for you.
The trestle tables are clothed in petrol blue with a stylish silver-grey hand dyed silk runner. Then dressed with an informal arrangement of twisted Willow branches, Eucalyptus, succulents, Waxflower and Roses amidst beautiful mini vases, tea lights and pale soft grey taper candles in gold candlesticks with a beautiful glass star to mark the special occasion. The place settings adorned with a glamorous peacock’s feather for each guest simply tied with hand dyed teal blue crushed silk velvet ribbons around exquisite silk napkins on grey plates with gold cutlery. The benches are covered in the softest sheepskins for extra cosy comfort. Tied together with an abundance of testers and colours to create a divine and whimsical atmosphere.
Today’s shoot is so full of ideas I just had to share it with you. From hand painted calligraphy signage to a floral swing, copper-splashed stationery and a fabulously elegant see-through table plan – there are so many things you could take and use for your own weddings. I’m starting the feature with a handful of images taken at dusk because they’re just SO beautiful! Huge thanks to Anne at Elizabeth Rose Events for sharing this with us all today – you can find a full supplier list at the end of the feature. All images are by Naomi Gabrielle Photography.
With a woodland in winter theme we shot the images at Spirit Lake in Surrey Hills, working with some amazing suppliers, all of which are detailed below. I was keen to show more winter/autumnal colours in an outdoor wedding as well as showcasing the natural beauty of the English woodland and scenery around the venue.
You’re not alone if you secretly wish English brides and grooms could marry anywhere, like they can in the US: at home, on the beach, or in a beautiful woodland setting like this. That time will come… in the meantime, there’s so much to be said for bringing nature indoors – choose woodland foliage and twisting branches in your bouquet; add butterflies to your tables and stationery; and choose a venue with a patch of woodland nearby so you can escape for beautiful portraits with your love!
Today’s styled shoot was sent in by our lovely friend and inspirational wedding stationery designer Emma Jo. Images are by Nina Pang, and you’ll find a full supplier list of all the super talented creatives involved below.
Emma’s wonderfully elegant stationery nods towards the ‘Fairytale’ theme while being elegant enough to suit lots of couples and their weddings. We love the simple, minimal design with folding laser cut butterflies! Emma’s brush lettering skills come into play with the apple place settings, and she created complementary calligraphy-style pieces for the cake topper, cocktail stirrers and butterfly place settings.
On the most challenging of spring weather days; quite literally sleet, snow, rain and dazzling sunshine, HBA Photography & Nadia Di Tullio Flowers gathered together with a host of the most lovely wedding folks to create a series of images for the newly formed Field & Forest Weddings run by Charlotte and Dave Garner, to help showcase what a stunning location they have to offer to host woodland weddings, natural ceremonies and other events. Here’s what they had to say…..
Have you ever seen a sea of bluebells? Well we were lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful village of Yoxall, in the Staffordshire countryside to have a nosey round the stunning bluebell woods at the new wedding venue, Field & Forest Weddings. It was simply stunning and the perfect place for some dreamy wedding photos! We are very lucky to know some very talented and truly lovely people within our industry and they were all very happy to take part and contribute to our ideas. The whole shoot was so much fun, everyone stayed for the whole day (which is very unusual) and we had lunch and cake in the woods!
Today’s lovely bride Ruth got in touch with me to show me her wonderfully creative woodland wedding to Stolly. They married this summer, celebrating in a woodland clearing – the space had nothing; they hired tipis and decorated the space themselves (along with lots of help from friends and family). I love how the woodland setting comes into its own in the evening, with fabulous lighting and areas for everyone to chat, dance and toast marshmallows around the fire! This is beautiful, free and goes to show there are no rules when it comes to wedding planning!
“I made all of our stationery, from detail on the name places to table name centrepieces and the mirror table plan and drinks list. I also painted signs on wood to decorate the trees – I love arts and crafts. I’m an interior designer so wanted a wedding that was a blank canvas that we could put our own stamp on. We love visiting Stolly’s family in the Cotswolds and wanted an outdoor wedding. We found the perfect woods near them but there was nothing there so we made everything beforehand: both families and my incredible bridesmaids helped us basically build a festival.
Wild weddings are soooo incredible – I love the idea of marrying in a relaxed space, surrounded by nature, and let’s face it breaking the rules and ditching tradition and etiquette for something altogether more fun. Today’s styled shoot introduces us to the rather fabulous Browning Bros. – a wedding location where the extraordinary welcomes you with every step.
The shoot was beautifully photographed by lovely Ayshea Goldberg Photography. Ayshea’s eye for styling brought together a lovely bunch of suppliers who worked together to create a perfectly pretty woodland wedding scene: with tumbling florals, flowing calligraphy, nature-inspired cakes and delicate details for the loveliest boho woodland look!
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I loved writing these little calligraphy quotes along with the place names and invitation suite for the shoot. Ayshea hung them as part of a floral display, and they look so pretty hanging from the trees! The florals are a huge highlight for me too:
Supplier list for your woodland wedding
Nicola and Peter’s woodland wedding is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for a blog feature. Plus the details are so wonderfully summery – it really is a dream wedding full of ideas for you to Pin, share, fall in love with and borrow for your own wedding day!
Their enchanting images are by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek, who told me “the spirit of the wedding was great. I always like DIY weddings and this one was no exception. Great party and lovely couple. The venue was in a lovely and very secluded woodland location.”
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Nicola’s dress is from Ghost – she looks incredible and I really love her relaxed and effortlessly elegant style. The flowers are from a Bristol wholesale flower market, with some grown by Peter’s mother, and they made the beautiful arrangements together. The venue was decorated with lots of greenery from the couple’s garden, bunting borrowed from and made by friends… and an amazing disco ball which looks fantastic in the woodland setting!