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.
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.
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
- A gorgeous dress – contemporary or ‘true’ vintage, and definitely unusual…
- A well dressed groom – and one with individuality.
- Interesting flowers: modern arrangements with variety and texture are my favourites
- Cakes, lovingly made. Either you bought from a creative designer or your friend got their research spot on.
- Spontaneous smiles and genuine happiness
- Light. You’ll win me over with lens flare, fairy lights, sparklers and deliciously bright imagery
- Wood – from woodlands to props to fabulously rustic venues. I just love wood.
- Craftsmanship – and it doesn’t matter who did it, or what it is… there’s such a difference between homemade details and true craftsmanship.
- Calligraphy. It’s like the biggest stationery ‘thing’ of the decade!
- 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.
- Recycled silk ribbons. Swoon.
- Barns with windows. (Only the very, very best photographers and cameras can win in a dark barn.)
- Individuality – however it’s done.
- Surprises. I’ll love you for showing me something I’ve never seen before.
- Venues, nooks and crannies. Those stately homes are expensive to hire – so let’s see more of them on wedding blogs!
- Excellent photography and skilled, sensitive editing.
- Love. Glances, smiles and tears captured on camera make my heart skip a beat.
- Vast skies, landscapes and beaches. They give perspective to wedding albums and they’re beautiful.
- Pastels and palettes. Don’t limit yourself to a single colour, and don’t punch me in the face with Cadbury purple.
- 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!
… and 10 things I don’t
- 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.
- Moss Bros shiny suits make my eyes bleed. Wedding uniforms from the 1980s…
- 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!
- Dark barns. Flash photography. Please – get a photographer who can work wonders with your venue, or a venue which is a photographer’s dream.
- 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.
- Jumping photos. Or dinosaur ones.
- 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.
- Carpets at venues.
- Chair covers. Only schools should have bad chairs. Wedding venues should have awesome chairs right there for you!
- Wedding awards nonsense. Is it that time of year again?