Hey lovelies – I have a dreamy real wedding to share with you today. This is a destination wedding from France, with delicately pretty styling touches and light and airy photography by our lovely friend Hannah K Photography. Francine is breathtaking in a gorgeous lace dress from Love Bridal London; Jamie her perfect match in Marc Darcy tailoring. As our regular readers will know, we tend to stay in the UK for our features, so this trip to the Loire Valley for a destination wedding is an absolute (albeit virtual) treat! I hope you love it too.

With love,

Francine & Jamie's classic and timeless Loire Valley wedding, with Hannah K Photography (33)

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How did you choose your photographer?

Lots of Instagram research! We wanted a light, natural style that would capture our day and our guests in a joyful, real way. We found photographers that we liked on Instagram, and clicked through who they followed until we found Hannah!


Allow us to whisk you away this Monday morning to the Greek islands. Our gorgeous couple Lauren & Sam were married on a beautiful summer’s day, with family joining them from all over the world. Sam’s elderly aunt travelled all the way from India, which was a delight for the happy couple! It was her first time in Europe and she loved it, especially having all the family together! They had a Mehndi in the evening, with the wedding ceremony the following day. The images capture the atmosphere of the celebrations beautifully, and there’s a gorgeous video of their day for you to enjoy below too.

I’ll leave you to read about their glorious destination wedding, with details from our beautiful bride Lauren.



Sam & Lauren's timelessly beautiful Greek destination wedding, with Kalampokas Fotografia (9)

We met at church in Paris! We were both living and working in Paris and we were attending the same church. We became good friends and it started from there! The proposal was Jan 1st 2018 – Sam came to North Carolina while I was visiting my family and surprised me with a ring! (which I was totally not expecting). We were alone at a friend’s house and it was just a really nice moment between him and I.


Some things I’ve missed like crazy… hazy sunshine and evenings spent with friends. European sunshine and lazy days on holiday. Time to escape, to completely relax and be somewhere utterly new and refreshing. You too? Let’s hope it won’t be too long before we can safely spread our wings again. Meanwhile, I have the most beautiful photoshoot to share with you today. Our wonderful friend Tara from Pudding & Plum Photography was lucky enough to be in the Algarve before lockdown hit, and I asked her if we could publish these breathtaking images. Think dreamy wedding styling ideas and divine fashion photography in the evening sunlight.

This was a photoshoot combined with learning, which is really important to Tara as a professional wedding photographer. The Iberian Workshop was run by Liza Edgington, and Tara has written a lovely review which we hope other photographers will find interesting. The stunning images really showcase Tara’s talent, and our quick Q&A with our favourite, bubbly Leicestershire wedding photographer shows off her fabulous personality too! For couples planning a destination wedding or wanting to bring a splash of summer holiday style to their UK celebrations, the table styling and details are absolutely on point. I will leave you with Tara to tell you more! Have a lovely (blustery?!) day, lovelies!


… and then it was July. While I adjust to it being halfway through the summer already (really, though?!) I have the dreamiest style inspiration to share with you. I do like to begin every new month with a breathtaking feature, and today’s comes from the south of France, with some insanely talented UK wedding suppliers.

Soft blue tones for a French Chateau wedding style, with Jo Bradbury Photography (28)

The photography by my lovely friend Jo Bradbury Photography will captivate you and whisk you away to the Provençal countryside. The dresses are unmistakably Joanne Fleming – her bespoke creations are to die for. Everything sings of a perfect French summer: the olive leaf theme running through table styling to Emma Jo‘s designer stationery and Les Fleurs De Ninon‘s spectacular bouquet with wild foliage and beautiful white peonies. I’m in love with this shoot, which was first featured on Rock My Wedding and I’m thrilled to be sharing it again with you today. Welcome to July, lovelies!

Soft blue tones for a French Chateau wedding style, with Jo Bradbury Photography (15)


The heavens opened halfway through Mila and Paul’s outdoor ceremony… but this amazing couple grinned and got hitched and their day is absolutely beautiful. I love the location – Casa Grande is a historic house with guest accommodation set high above the beautiful twin lakes of Lagoa des Sete Cidades in Portugal – an unforgettable location for a beautiful destination wedding. Mila and Paul booked our friend and top UK destination wedding photographer Damion Mower to capture their day, and the review they left for him (see below) says. it. ALL.

Mila & Paul's beautiful - if rainy - Azores wedding, with Damion Mower Photography (29)

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How did you choose your photographer?

Google was a great help! We knew the kind of style we wanted and then it was jut a case of going through peoples portfolios and reviews and working out who we thought we’d work well with and who would really get us and our wedding.


Aren’t you glad it’s Friday?! I’m excited to be heading over to the north east to see my sister tomorrow – and also, to crack on with some Christmas shopping! Oooh – and I must remember to share the news that Not On The High Street are having a ONE DAY sale today, so you can grab 15% off any order of £50 or more (like my calligraphy family tree!), until midnight today! Just quote HAPPY15 when you order!

destination wedding in Crete with Crete For Love wedding planners (42)

Can I bring a dose of sunshine to your screen this morning? Because I have the loveliest destination wedding to share with you today. Gorgeous couple Jacqueline and Adam were married in Crete, and their day is a blissful celebration of love in the June sunshine – and with a party in the village taverna it is just perfect! I really hope you love this as much as I do! I’ll let our beautiful bride tell you all about their day. Happy Friday everyone!

destination wedding in Crete with Crete For Love wedding planners (8)


Getting married abroad will be a dream come true. The joy of blissful sunshine, scenery and a relaxed environment is just so perfect for a wedding – if you’re a destination wedding couple then you are just the luckiest things, truly!

Planning the perfect destination wedding does require a little talent and flexibility on your part when it comes to finding suppliers though! Venue packages might not be quite the right mix for you; overseas planners might not have everything you need. Especially when it comes to wedding photography, do shop around – because the memories of your wedding abroad are so very precious, and it’s really important to find someone to capture your day in a style you will LOVE for years to come.

UK photographer for weddings abroad - advice by Damion Mower Photography (3)

Italian springtime wedding ideas with Bowtie and Belle Photography (17)

Elopements and escapes are a big part of modern wedding planning! I hear you – all that planning is too crazy, so why not pack your favourite people onto a little plane and head away somewhere sunny to get wed in a beautiful intimate celebration overseas? If travelling is your thing, then a destination wedding could be right up your street. Just keep it simple, don’t forget your trousers (like our friend did – and he realised on the day of his wedding!) and remember to celebrate with a massive party when you get home!

Italian springtime wedding ideas with Bowtie and Belle Photography (13)

All images in this blog post by Bowtie & Belle Photography, from the English Wedding Blog archives. Full feature here

If you’re trying to decide if a destination wedding is the best option for you, the guys from Design Anarchy are here to help. With over 11 years of experience planning luxury destination weddings, they’ve seen it all and tell us why an Italian destination wedding will blow you and all of your guests’ expectations away.

Tuscany Italian wedding ideas styling tips with Sonya Lalla Photography on English-Wedding.com (4)

Tuscany Italian wedding ideas styling tips with Sonya Lalla Photography on English-Wedding.com (49)

Tuscany Italian wedding ideas styling tips with Sonya Lalla Photography on English-Wedding.com (2)

This dreamy editorial captures hazy Italian days in the most beautiful way. Imagine it’s summertime and you’re miles away from anywhere in the Italian countryside, with a villa of your own for the week of your wedding day – and everything is simply perfect. I adore the lush bouquet by Shining Flowers, the dreamy tablescape by Elisabetta Carraretto and the wonderfully floaty gown by the fabulous Jurgita Bridal.

It’s all captured beautifully by Sonya Lalla Photography, a Tuscany, Florence and Rome destination elopement photographer. Sonya is known for her romantic and delicate photographic style, and got in touch with me a little while ago to ask for some calligraphy pieces for this shoot.

Knowing Sonya’s stunning photographic style, I was delighted to oblige! I created a relaxed invitation suite for an Italian destination wedding, featuring a simple olive branch illustration and watercolour image of the duomo in Florence. The ink I used was handmade, in a soft olive grey, and written on torn edge watercolour paper. I love these images to bits, and they fit so beautifully with the overall styling of the shoot.

Stunning destination wedding ideas from Italy, images by Francesco Cesaroni (17)

What could be a more romantic setting than the Italian countryside, a monastery no less, set amongst rolling hillsides and with its very own vineyard? The Favari Monastery dates from the 17th century and has been beautifully renovated as a destination wedding venue. For today’s English Wedding feature, the monastery serves as a beautiful backdrop for a group of local wedding suppliers who came together to create a lush, modern wedding style complete with al fresco table settings and a bride and groom just radiant with Italian style!

Stunning destination wedding ideas from Italy, images by Francesco Cesaroni (36)

Wedding planner Nadia from Loving Marche sent us the shoot, which features stunning images from Francesco Cesaroni. Nadia is based in Le Marche, close to the monastery, and offers wedding styling, planning and coordination services for couples marrying in Italy.

The florals really make this wedding style come alive: with lush, soft textures and flowing shapes, the bouquet and arrangements are just perfect for an Italian celebration. White peonies, delphiniums and sweet peas combined with lots of foliage make for such a stunning bouquet!

Hindu Punjabi wedding blog with Surily G and Ameeran Design, images by Linus Moran Photography (58)

I would love so much to be a henna artist, wouldn’t you? To design temporary but stunningly beautiful mehandi on skin, to create intricately detailed decoration for a bride on her best day… to have even the tiniest little bit of these guys’ talent… So forgive me for focusing rather a lot on the images of Gaayatri’s beautiful henna art on the morning of her wedding to David.

Hindu Punjabi wedding blog with Surily G and Ameeran Design, images by Linus Moran Photography (1)

There’s more of course: the vibrant florals, stunning Indian dress and fabulous celebrations which go on all day long in today’s Hindu-Punjabi fusion wedding. Gaayatri is so beautiful, in a dress designed by Surily G in Mumbai. The soft pink tones and sparkling details are just out of this world! I hope you all enjoy the pictures which tell the story of David and Gaayatri’s vibrant, fun, joyful Delhi wedding from our friends at Linus Moran Photography.

Hindu Punjabi wedding blog with Surily G and Ameeran Design, images by Linus Moran Photography (20)

Canadian elopement photographers Terry Photo Co (23)

So this is the English Wedding Blog… and I try to make every feature useful for all of you wonderful UK brides and grooms out there looking for ideas for your big day. I rarely feature destination weddings, although we’ve been known to skip across the borders to France, Italy, and of course Scotland, Wales and Ireland for a beautiful celebration feature. Never Canada though, despite it being one of the most amazing destinations and top of my list of places I’d love to visit in the entire world. When Daryl and Kathryn sent me these images of their breathtaking mountain elopement for the blog, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you. Somehow they slipped through a gap in my editorial schedule and I’ve kept these beauties from you since January. Is their Canadian elopement relevant to UK brides and grooms? Yes!!! I now believe we should all elope to Canada. Ditch all your other plans and just look at this… 

Canadian elopement photographers Terry Photo Co (9)

All images submitted by Daryl and Kathryn, with permission from their fabulous photographers Terry Photo Co