A blissful afternoon of wedding styling, making macarons and giggles – with wedding planner Jenna Hewitt

I totally love this idea – an afternoon with your best girls learning how to make macarons in a beautifully styled shoot. I agree with wedding planner Jenna Hewitt, who put together this gorgeous shoot / experience day – it’s all too easy to let planning take over your life, and it’s so important to take a break and have some fun!

Words: Jenna Hewitt | Images: Annamarie Stepney

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The inspiration for the shoot came from the insight that, all too often, brides-to-be can get so caught up in the “to do list” that they don’t allow time to enjoy the whole planning experience.

Planning a wedding is no small task, most of us are juggling it on top of an already very busy day job, social calendar and family commitments and then there is the pressure for it to be ‘perfect.’  With so much fun to be had in the anticipation and build up, it is a shame to let the pressure of the “to do list” ruin the enjoyment.

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Emma & Christian’s gorgeous Great Tythe Barn wedding, with TH Photography

Can we do this wedding backwards? Would that be ok… it’s just the first image to land in my inbox was absolutely breathtaking – I need you to see this one first!

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WOW, right?! I know!! Emma and Christian’s wedding is gorgeous – from beginning to end (or vice versa, hehe) and the portraits of everyone are fabulous: Emma looks stunning and I LOVE the flowers, the smiles and how it’s so easy to see how much everyone enjoyed the day.

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Images are by Tom at TH Photography, who told me Christian and Emma have become his good friends over the past few years as he and Christian are both in the wedding trade. A few months before, Christian was the magician at Tom’s own wedding!

Like anyone going to a friend’s wedding the best part is the marriage itself, seeing the emotion, love and joy they have for each other and showing it to the world.

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Mitesh and Joanna’s chic London wedding at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, with Patryk Stanisz Photography

From the beauty of an English country garden to the elegance and glamour of a city location… I do so LOVE seeing all the fabulous weddings in my inbox and today’s is pretty special! The bride and groom are just gorgeous: the venue bright and light and full of sunshine, with smiles set to last the whole day… this is stunning!

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London wedding photographer Patryk told me Joanna and Mitesh’s wedding had an amazing atmosphere throughout the entire day. “They are a very happy couple and guests came from all over the world to share their beautiful wedding ceremony, which was at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel.

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I had seen Patryk’s work before at a friend’s wedding, so we knew the quality we would be getting. However what makes Patryk stand out is his style and attitude, he lets the event take place around him and his eye for detail for capturing the perfect shot to allow a story to be told is amazing.

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A sublime English rose garden wedding inspiration shoot, with Eva Tarnok Photography

The ONLY wedding theme which has been constantly popular since this blog was born in 2009 (we’re six!! who knew?!) is English Country Garden. I love that we’re so smitten with flowers, with nature, with the beauty of our gardens and countryside… and today’s styled inspiration shoot pays tribute to this, the loveliest wedding theme of all.

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Words and images (aren’t they beautiful?!) are by lovely London wedding photographer Eva Tarnok, who specialises in natural, soulful & beautiful photography. Discover more from her here:


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The inspiration of this editorial shoot was the location itself, the recently renovated south London wedding venue, Morden Hall and the surrounding beautiful Morden Hall Park. The park is run by National Trust and it contains a variety of natural landscapes, including parkland, the River Wandle, meadow and marshland. One of the most popular areaS of the park is the rose garden, which has over 2000 roses and other flowers and it is a stunning example of the traditional English rose garden. We wanted the images to reflect the elegance of this historic venue but also to showcase the natural beauty surrounding it.

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It’s the little things… styling your wedding tables with beautiful modern calligraphy

This summer has been wonderful already. I’ve written for some amazing couples, worked on fabulous projects for wedding signage and stationery, and designed calligraphy suites for some of my favourite photographers. Tomorrow I’m teaching a calligraphy workshop in Manchester and we have another (booking up fast!) on the 19th of August. If you’d like to come along, you can book places in my Etsy shop now. But first… a few little notes about using calligraphy for your wedding day.

So many brides and grooms contact me looking for a special, personal touch to their day. Calligraphy is more than just writing: it’s art, craftsmanship and creativity – and as such it lends real elegance to place settings and wedding tables. Most of my work over the summer months is writing place names for weddings, and I thought I’d share some tips with you all today.

5 tips for styling your wedding tables with calligraphy

  1. Keep it simple – use flat cards, linen napkins and plain plates or chargers for a modern, elegant look
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Alice & Matt’s beautiful and relaxed Huntsham Court wedding, with Evolve Photography

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I absolutely must share some of Alice & Matt’s advice with you before we see their fabulous images. With every real wedding feature I always ask my brides and grooms to complete a little interview for the blog, and theirs is one of the very best I’ve ever received. The advice for you lovely lot is superb:

What’s the best thing about being married?

The knowledge that we have made a life long commitment to each other has further strengthened our relationship.
The comfort in knowing you are loved and loved back.
You’ve married your best friend.
Seeing the ring on his finger, and knowing I put it there, gives me butterflies every time.

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