The ceremony… the rings… the speeches… I think every bride and groom has a different expectation of what the most amazing moments will be when the big day finally comes around. I met up with fabulous Kent wedding photographer Benjamin Toms recently, and we got to chatting about the best moments. Ben surprised me, and talked so passionately about the best wedding moments as seen through the eyes of a photographer… and I think I’ll see every real wedding on the blog a little differently now.

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Real UK wedding images by Kent photographer Benjamin Toms (6)

“As a documentary wedding photographer I will spend a full day shooting a wedding. This means I live through the nerves and excitement with my couples – and it’s such an incredible privilege. I usually arrive two or three hours before the ceremony, which gives me time to capture images of the bride getting ready.”

Real UK wedding images by Kent photographer Benjamin Toms (5)


I love Carolyn from The Pavilion at Lane End, I really do… but she always sends me articles (and pictures) of the most gorgeous, delicious-looking food. On a hardworking Monday afternoon I’m even more tempted to reach for some fabulous sugar therapy!… This is dangerous! And yet – as a bride- or groom-to-be, YOU have a legitimate reason to drool over these wonderful little ideas. Enjoy. Oh and Carolyn – I love you really: you’re the best!

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Chocolate truffle favours for weddings, The Pavilion at Lane End Buckinghamshire (16)

“I just had to share this latest addition to our Diamond Wedding Package.

We now include wedding favours in elegant and stylish boxes, embossed with your names and filled with the most exquisite handcrafted chocolate truffles.”

Chocolate truffle favours for weddings, The Pavilion at Lane End Buckinghamshire (1)
Chocolate truffle favours for weddings, The Pavilion at Lane End Buckinghamshire (2)

“It is so easy to get inundated with predictable and uninspiring wedding ideas – so when something so truly unique and of such high quality comes along, you simply must take notice (and we decided to include it in our all-singing-all-dancing wedding package for The Pavilion).


Salford is one of my old stomping grounds… back in the day before they polished it all up and moved the BBC in, I went to college there – so it’s lovely to see Sarah and Chris’s real wedding from a place I have fond memories of. Manchester brides and grooms should pay close attention to the lovely film from Jo Gendle Films… it’s a sparkly, glam wedding from one of your best contemporary venues – you’ll love it!
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Chris and Sarah’s wedding is lovely: romantic and classic, with a touch of vintage in the gysophila and white hyacinth bouquets. They’re a sweet couple and had this to say about their wedding:

We were married at The Lowry, Salford Quays on Valentine’s Day in the stunning compass room. We chose to keep the decor simple as the room was so striking with its 360 degree floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The colour scheme was black and white with large silver candelabra and tables named after our favourite albums.


Hats off to the wonderfully named, beautiful Kelly Kelly for today’s wedding report, which is awesome, full of advice and ends with one of the best comments ever! Kelly married Chris last summer, and I wanted to show you their wedding which is full of inspiration for summer couples. I think you’ll love it!

Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (36)

Of course there’s plenty of sunshine in today’s blog feature, and while it’s suddenly gone back to winter in the real world (I mean seriously – roll on May!!) we could all do with a dose of warm and shiny, right?

Kelly is just gorgeous: I adore her hair and she’s such a fabulous looking bride, with a smile which has had me grinning back at my screen all morning 🙂 She shares some fab tips and advice in today’s wedding report, which follows all the lovely pics. Don’t miss it!

Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (15)

Images are by the fabulous Hannah McClune Photography. Hannah is based in Reading, Berkshire and photographs weddings in the surrounding counties too – find out more here:


I love today’s wedding for its simple, understated elegance… that looks a million dollars and more. Davide and Emma were married in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside on a glorious sunny day and their wedding is more than perfect. Emma is the most graceful bride; Davide her perfect match. Their celebrations took place at their family home, under fabulous canvas… just look at the wonderful wedding teepees!!

An elegant countryside wedding in Yorkshire with My Love Story Photography (5)

Today’s is a wedding with timeless grace and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, all captured beautifully by Alex from My Love Story Photography. Lovely Alex is based in London and shoots weddings all around the UK and beyond – and he’s amazing. You can find out more here:

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Emma wears a stunning Jesus Peiro gown from Morgan Davies Bridal – I adore the Jesus Peiro collections and Emma suits the classic style so deliciously well: she looks incredible.

An elegant countryside wedding in Yorkshire with My Love Story Photography (34)
This is a wedding of the year, most definitely on my favourites list already! – so grab a sophisticated coffee and take your time scrolling through the images of Emma and Davide’s day. You’ll love this…
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Morning everyone! I have a fabulous wedding for you this morning – but first, quickly, any suppliers who’d like a May advertising spot please do email me! I have a couple more spaces to fill for next month and I’m looking for applications today 🙂

Arusha's Images Photography beautiful autumnal wedding in Lancashire (42)

I loved the rich, vibrant colours of Katie and Damian’s Lancashire wedding as soon as I saw them – the rustic styling is beautifully done, and all of the DIY elements of today’s wedding are bound to inspire some of you!

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Gorgeous bride Katie has shared some lovely tips on budgeting, crafting and planning their wedding day, and her advice is wonderful: “Stay true to you and your husband-to-be’s wishes as other people will certainly have their input in the matter but you have to do what you want as it’s your day. Savour every second as it truly does fly by and set a limit of meeting and greeting.”

Arusha's Images Photography beautiful autumnal wedding in Lancashire (28)


Hey there beautiful! It’s been a crazy week for me and I’m finally settling into my brand new house. Exciting times… and one thing I’ve kept in my handbag, away from the boxes where I’ve lost everything else I own (seriously; why did I write ‘randomness’ on every box? Where are my pants?!) … is my new favourite lipstick from Love, Honour & Be True. Helen and Kitty, who founded Love, Honour & Be True last year, kindly sent me a sample to try and it hasn’t left my side since!

Cheshire wedding Rookery Hall  David Walters Photography Liverpool (17)

Image credit David Walters Photography – click the image to see Danielle and Danny’s Rookery Hall wedding on the English Wedding Blog

Of course there’s more to today’s feature than a pretty lipstick. I’m writing this post for Love, Honour & Be True because they’re all about cruelty free lipsticks as well as being independent British wedding suppliers.


Before I show you one of the prettiest weddings of the year so far – and you’ll LOVE it!! – a very quick reminder that I have a dozen sponsor slots left from May. If you’re interested read this and get in touch! But more importantly…

Beautiful English church wedding in Dorset with images by Ian H Photography (42)

Very early on her wedding day morning Kerrie went for a walk in the countryside around Studland village. This is such a lovely thing to do: she told me it was very relaxing and a really memorable moment of the whole day. I think it’s really romantic and a wonderful way to think ahead to the day which will follow.

Beautiful English church wedding in Dorset with images by Ian H Photography (9)

I love how the venue was decorated: it was a labour of love with family pitching in the day before, and only the second time a wedding reception had taken place in the hall… but Kerrie and Nick truly made it their own and styled a pretty, welcoming and relaxed celebration which I’m thrilled to be sharing with you today!

Beautiful English church wedding in Dorset with images by Ian H Photography (35)


Can I say a very quick welcome to everyone who’s begun reading the English Wedding Blog over the last couple of months? You’re so very awesome for coming to visit – and with 45,000+ readers every month, I’m incredibly proud of my little blog and all the brides & grooms and wedding suppliers who make it such a wonderful place to be! Thank you all!

… and now for something a little special. I have a glorious wedding film to share with you this afternoon, courtesy of gorgeous Georgie and Dave, and from the fabulous Newlywed Films. Watch out for festivalesque styling with lanterns and bunting, lovely DIY touches including home made beer(!) and wonderfully warming teepees with the loveliest atmosphere: this is why I love sharing wedding films and I hope you enjoy watching Georgie and Dave’s!

With huge thanks to lovely Steve from Newlywed Films for sharing his heartwarming wedding film with us today.


Wedding season arrives so fast, doesn’t it?! I’ve blogged so many real weddings already this year, and seen some amaaazing celebrations on Facebook too – I can tell this year is going to be one of the best EVER for summer weddings! But this morning I have a very special offer for spring brides and grooms from blog sponsors The PhotoBook Co:

Design your wedding album online with The PhotoBook Co (4)

Using our FREE & simple to use software, you can create the perfect design for your Wedding album in minutes!

Our Photo Books are great for the modern bride and groom wanting to create a unique and personalised wedding album for you to cherish for years to come.

The luxury pages in our albums are printed using the highest quality photographic paper, allowing you to create edge to edge panoramic designs and show off your favourite images from the big day.
Design your wedding album online with The PhotoBook Co (2)
Design your wedding album online with The PhotoBook Co (3)

You can even order Mini books from the same design, making a perfect gift for family and friends.


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The English Wedding Blog would be but a speck of what it is today without the fabulous, inspiring and dedicated sponsors who fill its pages with gorgeousness every day. On a personal level too, I’ve learned so many things from people I’ve met along the way: every stationer, photographer, bridal shop owner and florist has an amazing story to tell and wisdom to share.

I had a brilliant chat with one of my lovely sponsors, the brilliant Benjamin Toms, earlier in the year and we put together a series of really useful advice and discussion features for you to enjoy. Here’s the first, and I’ll hand you over to Ben:

Your wedding through the eyes of a photographer

By Benjamin Toms Photography

Beautiful documentary wedding photography by Benjamin Toms, UK (6)

As a documentary wedding photographer I get to meet the most amazing couples and spend incredible days with all of their families and friends. I see lots of weddings, and they’re all unique – but not always for the reasons you’d expect!


Oh, PapaKåta… but you’re beautiful!! This must have been one of the best-looking wedding events of the season: glorious tents and teepees, fabulous suppliers and gorgeous brides and grooms exploring just how amazing a wedding under canvas could look. English Wedding Blog sponsors PapaKåta held their spring open weekend in March and Helen Abraham photographed the event… So. Wanna see some beautiful things?!

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You know what I love? With PapaKåta there’s no big song and dance about an ‘alternative wedding fair’ – they just put up their teepees and tents, invite their favourite suppliers (and their taste is super awesome!) and tell everyone to come see… I only wish I could have been there! If you missed it too, there are details of two autumn events towards the end of today’s feature… get those diaries ready!

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The sun shone, cocktails flowed, cameras snapped and guests turned out in their hundreds! At this year’s PapaKåta Spring Open Weekend we welcomed over 700 visitors to see our beautiful Teepee and Sperry tents at Escrick Park Estate.

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