Our fave wedding suppliers – NEW in the English Wedding Directory

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Vix and Joey down on the beach for thier wedding in Salcombe, Devon by Simon Biffen Photography

Header image – Simon Biffen Photography

It’s been a while since I’ve said hello properly – but I know there are plenty of you out there planning your weddings for 2021 – so Hi! Welcome to English Wedding. I hope you are enjoying being here with us! Can I show you The English Wedding Directory this morning? It’s our curated list of brilliant wedding vendors, and it’s full of brilliant photographers, stationers, planners and stylists… everything you might need for the wedding of your dreams!

These lovely people have joined the English Wedding Directory in the last few weeks – and we have LOTS more coming up to share with you soon! Do take a moment to discover them, and if you like what you see why not get in touch and even book this weekend?

Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen

Simon Biffen Photography (Somerset & UK wide)

John Hope Photography

John Hope Photography (Yorkshire & UK wide)

J S Coates wedding photographer Midlands and whole of UK

J S Coates Photography (Midlands)

vegan wedding planner Amethyst weddings

Amethyst Weddings (planner) (Hampshire)

The Ashmolean Museum Oxford wedding venues

The Ashmolean Museum (Oxford)

Elizabeth Weddings

Elizabeth Weddings (stylist) (Bristol)

Sigi Kirkpatrick

Sigi Kirkpatrick Photography (Reading)

Simon Biffen is a Somerset wedding photographer who loves his storytelling role, capturing the uniqueness of each couple and how they celebrate their love at weddings.

The pleasure of being a wedding photographer for me is in the opportunity it gives to capture what a wedding day is really like: from emotional first looks to action-packed dance floors, I am there to tell the story honestly and creatively. I shoot all day which means I’m able to document the morning preparations through to the first dance and beyond. Blending in and allowing events to happen naturally is crucial and I never want people to feel like they have to do anything different for the camera. It’s your day, do whatever you like!

This aspect of authentically telling a story really is most important and comes to the fore when I take couples off for pictures of just the two of them. So many people are fearful of having a camera pointed at them and the most common thing I hear from people before their big day is that they are dreading the ‘photoshoot’. For a few years when I started out, putting people in poses, asking for smiles or kisses was how I worked too, but it just didn’t feel right. Then I realised there was another way. Allowing couples a space to be themselves, to play games and interact in activities that made it feel nothing like a typical photoshoot, but simply like time hanging out together. Overall, it is the experience of the session and the importance of how it ‘feels’ over how it ‘looks’ that actually results in images that are full of expression and emotion, and moments that mean something and have real value.

I hope you’ll explore more of my images here on English Wedding and on my website, and if you like what you see, I’d love to hear the plans you have for your wedding day. I am based in Bath, Somerset and I travel across the UK (and when needed, abroad!) for weddings. I have covered intimate elopements with just the bride and groom right up to grand affairs with 300 guests. Every wedding is unique and I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to capture the magic of yours.

John Hope is a UK and destination wedding photographer based in Yorkshire and travelling wherever in the world his wedding bookings take him! John’s style is documentary, relaxed and unobtrusive – and his images are full of passion and emotion, capturing the precious moments you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

“Hi! I’m a wedding photographer based in Leeds but I travel all over the UK and internationally, wherever my work takes me. I love how in a coming together of vision and technique, anything from raw energy and euphoria to complete peace and tranquillity can be captured forever in the click of a shutter.

Weddings provide so many amazing, defining moments in people’s lives so it’s a truly great privilege to be chosen by my clients to record them for years and generations to come. My aim is to capture these moments in a creative, organic way. I’m not about ordering people around or directing things. But I’ll be there, unobtrusively documenting the day as it unfolds: the joy, the laughs and the tears: the story.

If you were to ask what drives me as a photographer then I’d say that I love emotions, I love passion. I love capturing those special fleeting, ‘gone in the blink of an eye’ moments. I love manipulating light and shooting creatively. Through the wedding day I have a relaxed, story-telling approach and only really step up and ‘take control’ for the portraits where I’ll make sure you’ll get something breath-taking to hang on your wall!”

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Web: https://www.johnhopephotography.com

Jonathan Coates is a fun, natural & relaxed West Midlands Wedding Photographer. Mixing storytelling and epic portraits to create beautiful wedding photography.

“Hey, I’m Jonathan from J S Coates Wedding Photography. Although I’m a West Midlands Wedding Photographer I cover the whole of the UK and beyond. I’ve been lucky enough to win some cool awards for the amazing job that I do and be featured on some great wedding blogs. Your Perfect Wedding Photographer voted me in the top 100 UK wedding Photographers and I’ve been highly commended in the Wedding Industry Awards twice.

My style is very relaxed and most of your wedding day I will be capturing all the little moments, the big moments and everything in between. It’s all about the laughs, smiles, tears and the love. Of course we can do a few group shots if you want them and I love to take couples away for a short portrait run and great some epic pictures. The most important thing to me is that you enjoy your day with your guests and let me capture of out for you.

I get there as early as you want me and always stay for the dance floor. Let’s be honest, drunk people dancing is a goldmine for us photographers 🙂

I would love to know more about your day so please get in touch and let’s chat about all things weddings.”

Amethyst Weddings is an experienced wedding planner offering couples across Hampshire her trademark down to earth wedding planning support.

Amethyst Weddings is a vegan and eco friendly wedding specialist and it is Sian’s mission to make her weddings and events as sustainable as possible and help her couples reduce their impact on our environment.

Since the inception of Amethyst Weddings in 2012 Sian Bowron has supported many couples along their wedding planning journey and helped them create their perfect wedding day.

Sian’s down to earth approach to weddings is perfect for those who need support and encouragement during what can be a very stressful time. As Sian works alone during the planning process you can always be confident of her individual attention and guaranteed continuity of service. Sian maintains a strict policy of one wedding per calendar month whether it be partial or full planning or her very popular, on the day coordination service so she can ensure that you receive the highest level of service from your first meeting.

Over the past 8 years Amethyst Weddings has worked alongside some of the area’s best wedding businesses. You will have exclusive access to her carefully curated list of like minded and reliable local wedding suppliers.


Weddings, Receptions and Celebrations at the Ashmolean Museum

Set amongst the cityscape of Oxford’s dreaming spires, the Ashmolean is a magnificent venue for your wedding, civil partnership or celebration. Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is the oldest public Museum in the world. Displaying half a million years of art and history, the spaces provide a stunning backdrop for a very special occasion. All our galleries are licenced which means we can offer intimate ceremonies through to impressive evening receptions, dinners and dances combined with outstanding hospitality and entertainment. The Ashmolean has been telling stories since 1683 and we want you to add yours. We understand that every wedding is different which is why our expert team are on hand to tailor your day.

An experienced team supported by an exclusive catering partner and handpicked suppliers will bring your dream celebration to life. Whether you decide to make a grand entrance, exchange vows in the presence of loved ones, dine like royalty or party the night away, the Ashmolean offers the most magnificent backdrop to your occasion.

Liz at Elizabeth Weddings offers bespoke venue styling and design for weddings in Bristol, Bath, Somerset and surrounding counties.

With a personalised design and styling service, bespoke table runners and handmade stationery, Liz provides beautiful accessories made especially for you – as well as her outstanding planning service!

Liz can also work with clients who are not UK based to help coordinate and plan your destination UK wedding.

Liz’s background in fashion and her design degree, plus her experience of working in the wedding industry, make her a perfect choice if you’re looking for a talented wedding stylist and designer to assist with your wedding plans.

Elizabeth Weddings provides a design and styling service bespoke to your needs, alongside dry hire of beautiful props to style your day.

Sigi Kirkpatrick Photography – Friendly, Relaxed, unobtrusive story telling approach. Berkshire Wedding Photographer based in Reading, also offering coverage across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire.

“I am a Berkshire Photographer, specialising in telling your Wedding Day story in a friendly, relaxed and unobtrusive way.

Based in Reading and offering coverage across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire, my aim is to take the strain of capturing your Wedding Day memories.

Every wedding is different as is every couple – so we’ll work out your exact requirements before the day and then focus on what you want.

My style is a refined and artful storytelling, providing a natural and relaxed experience so you can enjoy the day knowing that your most treasured memories will be captured. We will meet pre-wedding and plan the big day, creating a schedule so that I can capture those key moments from the morning preparations to the First Dance and evening festivities. The results can be delivered in a variety of formats, from online galleries to beautifully bound albums that you will treasure forever.”


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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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