Wedding shoes for a quirky lady with bags of character and class

Wedding shoes for a quirky and sophisticated bride with bags of character and class...

What makes every wedding special for me is personality and character. And I believe with all my heart that everyone has a unique spark which makes them wonderful. The trick is showing it – and in the case of Jo and Dom’s wedding those little sparks are everywhere.

These two are best of friends, soulmates and so much more – and every photograph shows what a fabulous couple they are. Thank you as ever to “friend of English Wedding” and top wedding photographer Chris Hanley for sharing these photographs with us.

Chris has asked me to mention his second photographer for this wedding: Steven Brooks takes the credit for some of these beautiful, artistic and creative images. With Chris and Steven working so well as a team, I have to split this blog feature into two parts – there are so many amazing scenes, details and moments to share.

Part one today, and part two to follow in the morning. Enjoy…

Wedding teaser


It’s a busy week for little old English Wedding… and as I promote the blog, chat to friends and guest bloggers, invite new sponsors and polish off some new sections for the website there’s just time to share a little preview of a wonderfully creative wedding I’ll be sharing here tomorrow morning.

I do love to tease with a sneaky preview from time to time! This wedding has a little of everything…

UK Bride in embroidered wedding dress

Enticing photography, a beautiful bride, a stunning lace wedding dress

Bride and groom with sunflowers

A bride and groom with a great sense of fun! But who's hiding behind the sunflower bouquet?

little wedding guest

A wedding guest waits for the exciting bit - as a photographer with an eye for mischief captures a really sweet shot!

For now we’ll have to wait along with this little guy for some gorgeous moments to come tomorrow.

And the day after.

It’ll be worth the wait – it always is with Chris Hanley Photography, creator of these intriguing images!


Every time I see a new wedding from PR Photography I tumble head over heels for the Filmatography™ concept all over again. This is no exception: as Siqin and Dominik celebrate their wedding there is moment after moment of beautiful emotion to keep you on the edge of your seat.

I don’t know what gets me more – the elegance of the film, the wonderful styling of Siqin and Dominik’s day or the smiles and happy tears captured in this cinematic wedding film. It’s probably the perfect combination of all of the above!

Watch out for the incredible imagery of beautiful bride Siqin’s wedding dress with the beautifully distinctive floral neckline, and for the filming of her veil just afterwards. The pigeons taking flight is another exciting moment which I loved, but best of all Dominik’s nervous emotion turning into a beaming smile after the ceremony is wonderful to watch! Later it’s Siqin’s turn to well up a little during the speeches – all captured on film in the most sensitive and natural way.


Modern weddings with a vintage theme are wonderful, and I love blogging them and reading about vintage weddings on other wedding blogs. But I’d love to travel back in time a generation or two and see real weddings first hand.

I recently spent a weekend at my parents’ house and had a chat with my Grandma too, and found out loads about their weddings as well as discovering family wedding pictures I’d never seen before.

My parents’ wedding day – in words and pictures

Mel and Dot and the white wedding taxi

My parents' wedding day: Mel and Dot and the white wedding taxi

My parents were married in December 1971. They didn’t organise their own wedding, my Grandma arranged everything for them – and she told me she spent a day or two – in total – planning the wedding. I loved hearing about it: they had the kind of wedding that appeals to me so much nowadays. Both of my parents were very independent and relaxed about the celebrations, so there was no wedding planning stress.


I can’t resist a snowy wedding scene, and Claire’s purple dress is a gorgeously creative touch – so here’s a very quick blog post to show you the latest from Cumbria wedding photographer Chris Freer’s own blog.

Claire and Andrew's winter weddingI love the blanket of snow and the open landscape with the mountains behind – and Claire’s purple dress is fantastic for a winter wedding with a white backdrop! Doesn’t she look incredible.

Claire and Andrew's winter weddingFrom time to time I’ll be posting just a couple of pictures of a wedding day with creative touches I love – in this case, Claire’s dress and the snowy scenes. These posts will be filed under a new category: Wedding digest.

See more of Andrew and Claire’s wedding on the Freer Images wedding photography blog.

Looking for a wedding photographer in Cumbria or the Lake District? www.freerimages.co.uk


One of my favourite real weddings from 2010 was submitted by the brilliant photographer Joseph Yarrow. I always think Joseph gets the very best out of the brides and grooms he photographs because he clicks with them, and the results are always amazing. In the case of Jodie and David’s colourful wedding, I had to write two blog features: this is called…

Wedding Inspiration – Peacocks!

Get the look - colourful wedding

Get the look - a gorgeous colourful wedding. All images by www.JosephYarrow.com

To see the full post just click Wedding Inspiration – Peacocks!

To see David and Jodie’s wedding click the photograph below. You’ll love it, I promise!

Claire x

bride and groom

Bride and groom Jodie and David, by Joseph Yarrow


Another favourite wedding featured this year was from March – in this case it’s the wedding dress I absolutely adore: the vibrant red is out of this world. Bride Gemma is stunning and wedding photographer Amy Wass is one very talented lady. Enjoy!

red maggie sottero wedding dress

One of my favourite Amy Wass wedding photographs

Rhinefield House

Rhinefield House is a luxury wedding venue with bags of character

wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony - the opulent setting makes it really special

wedding speech

The wedding speeches embarrass Gemma, just a bit!

To see the full post just click Stunning Red Wedding.


This gorgeous vintage inspired wedding has a special place in my mind – when I think about the weddings I’ve blogged over the year, Vanessa and Michael’s day always makes me smile. Manchester wedding photographer Neil Redfern captured some incredible images of the reception at The Barlow Institute which positively glow with gorgeousness.

Vintage inspired English Wedding

Incredible image of a beautiful vintage wedding reception

wedding speeches

vintage inspired wedding cakes

Beautifully colourful vintage wedding

To see more, please click Vintage English Wedding.


In the spirit of the festive season and in the best tradition of television and radio over Christmas and New Year, I’m going to be writing a little “best of” series of blog posts over the next few days for you. These will be my favourites from the year, and will show you what the English Wedding blog is all about.

A wedding of pure beauty on English Wedding

Belle Epoque Knutsford wedding by photographer Chris Hanley

Belle Epoque Knutsford wedding by photographer Chris Hanley

Catherine and Kevin were married at The Belle Epoque in Knutsford and I featured their wedding day in July. The photographer was English Wedding favourite Chris Hanley Photography, and you can see the full post by clicking A Wedding of Pure Beauty.

Vintage wedding bus Cheshire

fun with the bridal partyThe Belle Epoque in Knutsford wedding venue

I’d love to hear your comments, and if you’d like to see more please pop your email address in the little box at the top right of your screen to get new blog posts delivered straight to your inbox.

Claire x

Modern bride and groom in gorgeous wedding attire

Modern bride and groom in gorgeous wedding attire

Here’s another gorgeous wedding from London photographer Matt Parry. He says (on his blog), “aidan and sarah’s wedding was another lovely laid back and informal affair with just a few traditional trimmings…just the way I like it!“… and you know what, it really shows when you ‘click’ with your wedding photographer like this.

My tip of the day then: meet your wedding photographer. If they ask about your wedding, your style, your personalities… and if you can really identify with them – book them! Matt Parry is right up my street.

In Matt’s own blogging style, I’ll show you all the gorgeous photos from Aidan and Sarah’s wedding day and finish up with Matt’s YouTube slideshow of their day at the end. Enjoy!

The wedding dress: beautiful vintage style lace

The wedding dress: beautiful vintage style lace

Bridal preparations go swimmingly with a little bubbly to help along the way!

Bridal preparations go swimmingly with a little bubbly to help along the way!

And for the hairdressers, concentration on their craft!

And for the hairdressers, concentration on their craft!

Sarah is beautiful - and this photograph is divine.

Sarah is beautiful - and this photograph is divine.


Vintage and retro weddings are still big news and as we approach the beginning of 2011 I have to ask my burning question. Perhaps you can help me answer it.

Why are we still spending so much on vintage-inspired wedding days?

Vintage wedding

Credit: FashionEra.com

I can’t deny I love a vintage wedding theme, with inspiration from a few generations ago, gorgeous gowns and retro stationery and accessory designs. But isn’t it funny how our 21st century wedding budgets are still stretched when we plan a vintage wedding celebration?

I’d love to know – and I’m secretly hoping – whether vintage-inspired brides are the thriftiest and most inventive out there. Pre- and post-war brides were making their own wedding dresses and more, before most of us were even born.

Your vintage inspired wedding

Have you made your own wedding bunting, stationery, jewellery, flowers, cake… dress? I’d love to hear about your wedding plans if you have a second.

Vintage wedding budget top tips

1960s wedding photo

Credit: www.fashion-era.com

Gorgeous London wedding photography by Matt Parry

Gorgeous London wedding photography by Matt Parry

The thing about London is it has those fantastic visual icons: the red phone box, buses and top class wedding venues like One Whitehall Place. We just don’t have quite the same accessories up north! So I do love a London wedding when I see one.

The thing about wedding photographer Matt Parry is his sense of fun and eye for a gorgeous photo and an unforgettable moment. And I love these photos of Avril and Chris’s wedding day.

Avril and Chris are both from Canada. They had a beautiful wedding day with bags of style. I love Avril’s shoes (which match London! … you’ll see!) and the way this couple just smile and smile and smile. And One Whitehall Place is a standout wedding venue: wow.

Chris gets ready for his wedding

Groom preparations

Groom and best man in That London

Groom and best man in That London

Groom and best man enjoying that London

Groom and best man enjoying that London: the Thames

Avril's wedding dress

Avril's wedding dress

Champers for the ladies

Champers for the ladies