Rustic doesn’t have to mean basic: with a few simple touches and an eye on the smaller details you can create an elegant and natural wedding style. Gorgeous bride and groom Michael and Sarah – whose Delbury Hall wedding was featured on the blog here – had some fabulous touches to inspire all couples planning a rustic, elegant woodland inspired wedding day.

Image credits: Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography

The venue is key: look for a location which is carefully and cleanly finished, and doesn’t look too dark inside. You need more than an average barn to build in a touch of elegance.

Delbury Hall’s Coach House has all the light and brightness of an orangery combined with the fabulous and characterful beamed ceiling… it’s perfect for a rustic celebration with an elegant finish.

Lauradana Day from Wedding Creations UK added personalised touches like fairy lights, bunting and wooden bark table settings to enhance the look of the venue – and they worked beautifully. For timeless, unique woodland themed stationery try Pear Paper Co. via Not On The High Street.


I can’t let go of summer… would you care to join me for another sunny day? We’re talking daisies and buttercups, country flowers and exquisite sunshine for one of the loveliest weddings of the year on the English Wedding Blog today. Thom and Alicia are a star couple, whose personalities made their wedding simply perfect.
Gloucestershire country wedding blog with Joanna Bongard Photography (29)

The gorgeous bride and groom were married in South Gloucestershire, with a church ceremony and marquee reception in the countryside – and they styled their day to fit the reception with tons of colourful flowers looking as though they’d come straight from an English country garden…
Gloucestershire country wedding blog with Joanna Bongard Photography (14)

Images are by Joanna Bongard Photography, who Thom and Alicia recommend with some really wonderful words: “The photos were just as we’d imagined but better… So fresh and fun; they reflect every emotion shared, depicting our perfect day that we can look back on in years to come and remember it just like yesterday. She is a great talent.” 

Do find out more about Jo here:


I remember saying at the beginning of the year that I wanted to be involved in more styled shoots. I nailed it… I’ve been sending calligraphy samples to photographers all around the country (and a couple to Dubai, even!) and had some amazing images sent back to me. But the best thing to come out of this year is working alongside the team at Aspire Photography Training and all of our wonderful friends (you know who you are!). I get to share their gorgeous shoots with you – and they really are a whole world of inspiring.

Calligraphy styled shoot at Aspire with Phil Barber Photography (14)

Today’s images are by Phil Barber, from Barber Photography. I love how he’s captured the details as beautifully as the essence of the styled shoot: we wanted to make a real statement with chalkboard calligraphy, and translate the chalk theme into something wider… so we went with dust and sparkle on our Pinterest boards to plan the shoot. As ever, lovely Yasmin at Aspire made the shoot more amazing than I could ever have imagined! The stunning flowers came from Made in Flowers – thank you Katie!


’tis the season for making plans, cooking up editorial schedules and drinking mulled wine with a mince pie while I blog… and the reason I’m here on a Saturday afternoon is I need your help with features for the end of the month.

Calligraphy styled shoot at Aspire with Phil Barber Photography (10)

I’m looking for more weddings to feature – either cosy and colourful autumn weddings or summer celebrations to bring a little warmth back into our eyes! And I’m looking for sumptuous styled shoots I can share with English Wedding Blog readers as well. My editorial calendar has a space for your ideas… so do, please, get in touch and see if we can share right here on the blog!

Calligraphy styled shoot at Aspire with Phil Barber Photography (22)

I’m also very aware that suppliers will be working their woolly socks off preparing new collections for 2016. If you’re ready to show your products to brides and grooms – because we’re all excited to see them already! – get in touch and we’ll feature them here on the English Wedding Blog. Don’t be shy!


Every once in a while I fall in love with a wedding I see on Facebook… it’s often just a sneak peek but it’s enough to get me hooked and I have to show you straight away. This is one of those times… and the location (because I know you’re all desperate to know!) is Shoreditch Studios, East London. All images are by lovely Steven Anthony Photography.


Contact & Bookings: Steven Anthony Photography



The backdrops are stunning; Katie and Matt look amazing, every detail is eye-poppingly fabulous and I adore every image of their day.


See more…



I recently emailed all of my lovely blog sponsors with some secret plans. They get advance knowledge of new features which will happen on the English Wedding Blog (the lucky things!) and now I’m sharing the news with all of you.

Lake District wedding photography Jo Bradbury blog (11)

Photo credit previously published on the blog here

From next week I will publish a wedding photo of the week. Every week. It’s a big job and I’m going to need your help.

I’ll be lurking on Facebook, visiting my favourite photographers’ and suppliers pages trying to spot outstanding images. I’ll look for gorgeous details; heart-melting moments and glorious photography.

Help me find the most amazing wedding images!

Joining in is simple: when you spot a wedding photo you love, or upload one of your photos which you want to share with me, simply mention the English Wedding Blog in a comment and hashtag it for me… #photooftheweek

Each week I’ll choose one image I love to publish on the blog on a Friday afternoon. I’m so excited to see the blog looking even more beautiful than ever!


It’s surprising how often I see a wedding or styled shoot in a venue that doesn’t quite ‘fit’. I know it sounds odd… but how many blank canvas venues have you seen? There aren’t that many around. Luckily this means most venues have tons of style and character which you can use to make your wedding truly unique and personal.

English Wedding Blog Camilla Rosa Photography (2)

All images in this feature are by Camilla Rosa Photography, from Rachel and Alex’s fabulous wedding at Elmore Court, which was featured on the English Wedding Blog in October. You can see the full wedding by clicking here.

I love most English wedding venues. I’ve visited some amazing venues and seen their gorgeous features – from stately homes to country pubs, they all have their own unique charm. I love urban spaces, alternative venues and even woodland settings. The only venues I’m not so keen on would be corporate, faceless hotel chains… but thankfully they’re fading in popularity and we’re learning to appreciate glorious old buildings and creative spaces again.

English Wedding Blog Camilla Rosa Photography (19)


Hey beautiful! I’m happy to have a special bonus wedding blog feature for you once again today… with gorgeous bride Alaina and her perfect match Peter, who were married at The Lensbury Hotel in Teddington. Images are by my lovely friend and sponsor Heni Fourie Photography:

Real wedding at the Lensbury Hotel, with Heni Fourie Photography (3)

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Real wedding at the Lensbury Hotel, with Heni Fourie Photography (4)I love Alaina’s bridal style (and her tattoos are awesome!) – and the details of the day are wonderfully eclectic, fun and refreshing! Click the link below to see the full wedding – there is the most wonderful moment after the ceremony where you can see Alaina and Peter’s delight at being Mr & Mrs and I LOVE it!

Real wedding at the Lensbury Hotel, with Heni Fourie Photography (1)

Real wedding at the Lensbury Hotel, with Heni Fourie Photography (2)See more…



Rosie & Jon are amazing. Their relaxed city wedding is gorgeous: full of pretty details contrasting beautifully against the built up backdrop – and their reception venue is perfect.

Jonny Donovan Photography shot this beautiful city wedding in London (17)

Rosie’s dress is out of this world: she looks stunning and I was convinced she’d bought from one of our top designers… until she told me her mother made it for her – “My heart swells at the thought of how much love she put into that dress. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever worn.

Jonny Donovan Photography shot this beautiful city wedding in London (27)

Rosie and Jon found most of their suppliers online, using wedding blogs and Pinterest for inspiration. Their photographer – lovely Jonny Donovan Photography – was one of the best online discoveries:

The gorgeous couple told me not only did they love their photographer, all of their guests did as well! And the images speak for themselves… I think they’re fabulous.

Jonny Donovan Photography shot this beautiful city wedding in London (23)


So… this landed in my inbox the other day and I haven’t been quite sure what to do about it. It came from celebrity florist Larry Walshe, and while it’s not strictly about wedding flowers it certainly got me thinking. Can flowers be sexy?


Let’s rephrase the question: can flowers be sexy just on their own, without pants? Should flowers be sexy, or should they just be flowers? Can flowers be sexist?

I have to confess the email (which I’ve included below, to be fair to Larry and his PR team!) stayed in my inbox for a week or so. I’ve returned to it over and over, wondering whether to share… so here you go. Thank you Larry Walshe! It has probably brightened a few Wednesday afternoons around the UK 😉

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A sexy online bouquet collection from Celebrity Florist Larry Walshe

Critically acclaimed florist, Larry Walshe launches a luxurious range of beautiful bouquets to purchase online for delivery nationwide.


I’ll never tire of sharing beautiful summer weddings with you… and Laura and Miles were married on one of those amazing, warm and wonderful days with bright sunshine all day long. This is a wedding which sings of summer to me: a fabulous celebration of love in the English summer – and the photos I’m about to show you will whisk you away to gorgeous summer days…

Jennifer Sinclair Photography at a Manor Hotel wedding on the English Wedding Blog (46)

Miles and Laura were married at the Manor Hotel, Castle Combe. They chose Hampshire wedding photographer Jennifer Sinclair to capture their day:

Contact & Bookings: Jennifer Sinclair

Laura’s bouquet caught my eye first of all: the anemones and roses are such a fabulous combination for summer flowers – and the colours were wonderful. I love so much about this wedding; its classic elegance, the summery colours and the beautiful bride and gorgeous groom – I simply had to share it with you today!
Jennifer Sinclair Photography at a Manor Hotel wedding on the English Wedding Blog (23)


… and if there was one image I could show you to prove how amazing they are, it would be this. Melissa Beattie Photography Lowther Castle5407

Discover them both:

Melissa Beattie Photography (amazing, lovely, ridiculously talented and shoots weddings all over the UK)

Claire Pettibone (only the best designer of statement wedding dresses in the world…)

This image is a sneak peek from a styled shoot at Aspire Photography Training – and I was there with my calligraphy. There’s a little more here for you to see…


with: Melissa Beattie Photography | Aspire Photography Training | Jenny Heyworth Photography | Aqua The Salon | Lucy Pearson MUA | The White Closet | Claire Pettibone | Calligraphy for Weddings | Made in Flowers

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