Sustainable, vegan and organic wedding styling ideas from the UK (3)

Today’s wedding inspiration comes from the beautiful venue of South Farm in Cambridgeshire. Styling is rustic luxe with a focus on sustainability, incorporating organic fabrics, a vegan cake and ethically sourced glassware, all curated by lovely Janine at Waterfall Wedding Decor.

It’s becoming more and more viable to have a sustainable and vegan wedding in 2019 and beyond. Suppliers are switching on to sustainability more than ever before, and in every category from cake designers to stationers, wedding dress makers and caterers you WILL find a wonderful, ethical supplier if you put in a little research.

Sustainable, vegan and organic wedding styling ideas from the UK (4)

We love the vegan grazing stand produced by B and R Dining, set on luxury tables made from wood sourced from UK-based sustainable forests and ethically-sourced glassware from The White Company supplied by Waterfall Wedding Decor. Tara’s Halo & Wren dress is divine; teamed with bespoke accessories and shoes made by Rachel Sokhal the look is just dreamy; and my absolute favourite is the contemporary vegan square cake designed by One Part Love.


This is a guest article from our friends at Truly Experiences

If you’re at that age when it seems like every friend, cousin and their hamster is getting hitched, I’m sure you’ll agree – boozed up, wild hen and stag dos are getting old very quickly. The penis straws are kitsch, the ass-exposed waiters are degrading, and the hangovers just aren’t worth it.

Luckily for you (and your liver), there are plenty of unique party ideas to celebrate your mate who’s about to get married. Workshops are an excellent way to have fun, get to know the rest of the bridal party, and pick up a new craft, all at the same time. What’s not to love about that?

Take your pick from these some somewhat quirky, but still unbelievably fun hen, stag and sten ideas that’ll be a total hit with everyone from the conservative Gran to the crazy out-there best friend.

Mixology Masterclass

This workshop is for those who want to get a little loosey-goosey, but not by knocking back shot after shot of tequila. 


Can we leap into Monday with a brilliant, fun-filled, EXCITING real wedding? Can we? Because the sun’s all gone in and I don’t know about you but I need something to fill me with happy vibes and beautiful inspiration. And also because I have this blissful day hiding up my sleeve that I have been so looking forward to sharing with you! It’s gorgeous couple Caroline & Sid, who were married at Barn Drift in Norfolk and chose our faves – top UK wedding photographers York Place Studios to capture their day.

Caroline and Sid's brilliantly fun party wedding at Barn Drift, image credit York Place Studios (28)

Caroline and Sid knew what they wanted from their wedding photographers. They weren’t looking for fine art or a focus on details – they got in touch with York Place and asked for “raw, documentary style pictures with the entire event covered in a candid way.”

Boy, did they get everything they could have dreamed of! The wedding is a joyful celebration mixing Sri Lankan touches with tons of personality and colour – and it’s an absolute treat from beginning to end.


The wedding industry is moving gracefully towards a more sustainable, relaxed and informal vibe here in the UK. Our stately homes are magnificent… but many of us are realising that’s not necessarily what we want for our wedding. A more individual and personal day is top of our #weddinggoals list in 2019 – and it’s why I love what Elderflower Events are doing. They have a growing portfolio of rural wedding venues: barns and farm locations for your unique and beautiful countryside wedding. The venues are carefully handpicked and tucked away in idyllic and serene rural settings.

Farm wedding venues and marquees in Yorkshire Lincolnshire and the Midlands with Elderflower Events (6)

About Elderflower Events

No two venues are the same. Located on farm estates, each one will exude its own individuality, its own distinctive character, its own irresistible charm. We hand-pick each and every venue, ensuring it meets our high standards, to guarantee a magical day.

You might be looking for a stunning coastal view. Perhaps you’d prefer a panorama overlooking the enchanting Vale of Belvoir. Or maybe you’re hoping to celebrate your “I Do’s” in a rustic barn.


Happy Friday, beautiful! While I’m off teaching another modern calligraphy class down in Manchester today, I have this beauty of a feature to share with you on the blog. It comes from enchanting Gloucestershire wedding venue Pauntley Court, which is a family home now being offered to couples as an exclusive use wedding venue. Pauntley Court is reputedly the birthplace of Dick Whittington and is set in glorious countryside with its own stunning formal gardens. As you’ll see from the photos, this is a quintessentially English venue, perfect for weekend weddings. Owner Melissa tells us a little more about the suppliers and ideas who brought this beautiful feature to life!

“Working with Jules Whitfield of Wild and Co Flowers and Alicia of Red Maple photography, we wanted to show Pauntley Court as the quintessentially English and very romantic and magical place it is.

Divine wedding styling with English country garden florals at Pauntley Court, photo credit Red Maple Photography (15)

The one off colour of the house was the inspiration for the colour palette, with the corals and oranges in Jules’s beautiful floral displays really pulling this all together.


Happy Wednesday, lovelies! I thought today I’d share something a little different with you. I have a confession to make: I’m shy. I’m shy of putting my face out there on the internet, I’m not a wannabe celebrity – just a girl who loves the beauty and creativity of weddings. So I hide behind the blog and rarely show my face! But it’s been a while since I published a personal post on the blog, and about time I introduced myself to those of you who are new to English Wedding. Welcome, by the way!

So I’m Claire. I’m a calligrapher and wedding blogger. I’m not married (yet!) and I live on the edge of the Lake District, in a little coastal village in south Cumbria. I’ve been writing English Wedding for 10 years now – I started the blog back in 2009 when there were literally 3 wedding blogs in the UK. Even before then, I’d been writing calligraphy for weddings for 4 years – and I still do!

calligraphy by Claire Gould, editor of English Wedding and illustration by Amy Swann, of Amy Swann Cakes (2)


While we twiddle our thumbs and wait for summer, let’s think about honeymoons for a change! The lovely folks from 101 Honeymoons (who you will find in the English Wedding Directory) have shared some fave destinations with us today… and while I’m a Sugar & Loaf style, UK glamping girl at heart, those stunning blue seas and skies of the Maldives are looking pretty appealing right now! Which is your dream honeymoon destination?

1. The dreamy islands of the Maldives and the exciting buzz of the Arabian Gulf make a great combination, particularly for a winter honeymoon. Many flights to the Maldives now include a change of aircraft in Dubai or Abu Dhabi so it’s easy to add on a few days of dining, shopping and sightseeing. Find the best two-centres with Barefoot Traveller.

honeymoon ideas on with 101 Honeymoons (6)

2. For a gorgeous eco-friendly honeymoon close to home, check out Sugar & Loaf which has a charming collection of romantic cottages for two, yurts in summer meadows and boho-style boutique hotels, mostly in rural Wales.

honeymoon ideas on with 101 Honeymoons (8)


To get on the blog, a wedding photo has to make me feel something. If I’m smiling back, or getting a bit emotional… then the photographer has done their job in capturing not just the timeline and details of the day, but its story and character. And Cris Lowis is a Staffordshire wedding photographer who grabs my heart and gives it a big old shake with every wedding he shares!

Staffordshire and Cheshire wedding photographer Cris Lowis Photography (2)

I’m Cris, a creative documentary wedding photographer based in Staffordshire.

I’m not one of those bossy photographers who’ll be shouting at everyone to stand in certain places.

My aim is to focus on the natural moments to tell the story of your wedding as you really remember it.

Staffordshire and Cheshire wedding photographer Cris Lowis Photography (3)

We’ll still do some posed shots and family groups if you want them, but my main focus is to capture an authentic representation of your wedding day.

When you look back through the photos in years to come you’ll remember every tingle and goosebump as if you were reliving the day all over again.

HD Moments wedding videography UK

This article is by our friends at HD Moments, luxury wedding videographers based in the UK.
Photo by Roberta Facchini via HD Moments

There are a couple of important events in your life which deserve to be captured on film forever, with your wedding undoubtedly one of the most important ones.

But what can you do to make sure your wedding video captures the true beauty, love and emotion of your special day?
Your wedding day can feel like a blur, with nerves and excitement making the day pass in a flash. That’s why it’s important that your video can crystallise the parts of the day you may have missed forever.

The tips below will help ensure your wedding video goes smoothly:

5 Top Tips for Planning a Wedding Video

Research Suppliers

Finding the right wedding videographer is, of course, the most important step to ensuring the perfect video for your big day. If you are working with a wedding planner ask for their recommendations, but if you are planning the wedding yourself there’s still a huge range of suppliers to be found online to suit different budgets. You may also want to contact the venue to see if they have any recommended suppliers.


Happy weekend, my lovelies! I’m busy teaching a modern calligraphy workshop at the fabulous Little Paper Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire today (head over to my insta @bymoonandtide for behind the scenes pics!) but of course I saved up something wonderful to share on English Wedding while I’m there! Senel from Bride and Belle and lovely Eva Tarnok used the history of Chiswick House as a basis of the inspiration for this wonderfully feminine and romantic, classic bridal editorial.

Elegant and graceful luxe wedding style from Chiswick House, photo credit Eva Tarnok Photography (15)

The images tell the love story of Elisabeth, an English lady, and her Italian suitor. Using a colour palette of soft pinks and neutral tones paired with gold details reflects the romantic and classical feel of this shoot, combined with a Fine Art aesthetic. The graceful, romantic and feminine images celebrate the historical nature of the building, which is transformed into a stunning wedding venue with lots of beautifully styled details.

Photos by Robin Goodlad Photography in Dorset of a stunning tipi wedding full of ideas (47)

A fabulous tipi celebration in the height of summer. A gorgeous, relaxed and head-over-heels in love couple. Rustic styling, tons of florals, vibrant colours and a party atmosphere. It really doesn’t get much better than this! Howard and Rowena’s wedding venue was the village field in Iwerne Minster, the village where Rowena’s mother lives. By day the field is a football pitch and on a sunny day in August it was transformed with the addition of tipis into their wedding venue! I hope you love this one as much as I do. Huge thanks to Rowena and Howard, and to our fabulous friend and Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography. Do read the groom’s interview below – the story of their day is fantastic! (click the ‘Continue Reading’ link for the full feature)! 

Photos by Robin Goodlad Photography in Dorset of a stunning tipi wedding full of ideas (38)

Chloe and Dan's wedding at The Green, Cornwall. Images by Evolve Photography Devon (58)

Hey lovelies! I hope you’re having a fabulous week. Is it summer anywhere in the UK right now? We drove from Somerset up to Cumbria yesterday with the car heater on all the way – where’s our sunshine?!! Today though, I have a lovely spring wedding to brighten your screens and lift all of our hearts. Gorgeous couple Chloe & Dan tied the knot in Cornwall, with their two adorable pooches as ring bearers on the day. Their wedding is a DIY affair with 400 (I know, right!!) handmade pom poms (by the bride) instead of confetti, a sparkly fairy light table plan and plenty of rustic touches to really make this a special and personal wedding.

Chloe and Dan's wedding at The Green, Cornwall. Images by Evolve Photography Devon (38)

The venue is The Green in Liskeard, Cornwall, where Mark from Evolve Photography is a recommended wedding photographer. Chloe and Dan very kindly told us a little about their day:

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Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

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