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A peek inside one wedding blogger’s mind… 20 things I love about weddings

Creativity is what lights my fire. Always. Seeing new ideas, discovering beautiful things and learning from amazing people all float my boat. I see a LOT of weddings and style ideas on social media, and I’m always second guessing what’s going to be huge on the wedding scene over the next few months.

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Image credits: Taylor Hughes Photography as featured on the English Wedding Blog back in September

I baffle some of my photographer friends. I probably annoy other suppliers when I say I don’t want to feature their styled shoots. I’m not a fence-sitter when it comes to weddings: I’ll either leap off the fence yelling in happiness when I see something beautiful I can feature, or I’ll hide behind the fence sulking when I get a submission which is… a little bit 1992.

The English Wedding Blog is here to inspire you all. It’s also here to match-make amazing suppliers and creatives with brides and grooms. If you’re looking for a photographer, a stationery designer, a wedding venue or a stylist I can help. And if you’re looking for ideas to style your own wedding you’re going to love it here. Every single day I share the things I love on the blog – from flowers to cakes to invites and all beautifully photographed.

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My blog is a curation of everything I love about weddings. If you’re a photographer wondering which of your weddings to submit, or how to style your shoot, you’ll find this useful. If you’re a bride or groom and you’re looking for ideas to style your 2016 wedding, think of this feature as my predictions for the year ahead!

20 things I love about weddings

  1. A gorgeous dress – contemporary or ‘true’ vintage, and definitely unusual…
  2. A well dressed groom – and one with individuality.
  3. Interesting flowers: modern arrangements with variety and texture are my favourites
  4. Cakes, lovingly made. Either you bought from a creative designer or your friend got their research spot on.
  5. Spontaneous smiles and genuine happiness
  6. Light. You’ll win me over with lens flare, fairy lights, sparklers and deliciously bright imagery
  7. Wood – from woodlands to props to fabulously rustic venues. I just love wood.
  8. Craftsmanship – and it doesn’t matter who did it, or what it is… there’s such a difference between homemade details and true craftsmanship.
  9. Calligraphy. It’s like the biggest stationery ‘thing’ of the decade!
  10. A big, blousy, home grown bouquet full of messy colours and tendrils of amazing foliage I don’t recognise. With dahlias, anemones and colour. I love the kind of bouquet you could just dive your face right into.
  11. Recycled silk ribbons. Swoon.
  12. Barns with windows. (Only the very, very best photographers and cameras can win in a dark barn.)
  13. Individuality – however it’s done.
  14. Surprises. I’ll love you for showing me something I’ve never seen before.
  15. Venues, nooks and crannies. Those stately homes are expensive to hire – so let’s see more of them on wedding blogs!
  16. Excellent photography and skilled, sensitive editing.
  17. Love. Glances, smiles and tears captured on camera make my heart skip a beat.
  18. Vast skies, landscapes and beaches. They give perspective to wedding albums and they’re beautiful.
  19. Pastels and palettes. Don’t limit yourself to a single colour, and don’t punch me in the face with Cadbury purple.
  20. New things. New people – new photographers, designers and places I haven’t seen before. I’d LOVE to feature you on the English Wedding Blog!

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… and 10 things I don’t

  1. Only ‘pretty’ brides. Because honestly, EVERY bride looks more than amazing on her wedding day: it’s all about your smile and you ALL look incredible.
  2. Moss Bros shiny suits make my eyes bleed. Wedding uniforms from the 1980s…
  3. Mass produced ‘details’. I love favours, signage, and accessories which are handcrafted and all the more beautiful for it; if you can buy it at Home Bargains it’s not for me!
  4. Dark barns. Flash photography. Please – get a photographer who can work wonders with your venue, or a venue which is a photographer’s dream.
  5. Massive American wedding dresses. There are so many creative designers out there, and even amazing online and high street dresses – so don’t be fooled by a bad bridal discount warehouse or worse! Shop around.
  6. Jumping photos. Or dinosaur ones.
  7. Lazy editing. Skin should be skin coloured… and I’ve seen too many photos of purple and orange people this month! We’re not pumpkins. 
  8. Carpets at venues.
  9. Chair covers. Only schools should have bad chairs. Wedding venues should have awesome chairs right there for you!
  10. Wedding awards nonsense. Is it that time of year again?

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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